As with most products, order quantity affects price. When customers order more indium-containing preforms we can produce them more efficiently – and pass along the cost savings to you.
Specifying a quantity for indium-containing preforms is (not surprisingly) like ordering other parts. It’s best to ask for a quote for the actual amount you need right now to get a realistic immediate cost, but we also need to know what your high-volume requirements will be so you will know what your order will cost once you begin high-volume manufacturing. Since each shipment is made-to-order, there are usually price reductions available for higher quantities. This is where planning becomes important! Customers will sometimes ask for a quote for a much higher volume of parts, in an attempt to get better pricing for their project. The price for a larger quantity will not hold for smaller quantities – and worse – the Account Specialist and the production team may actually be pricing the product based on a different manufacturing method. A lot of work can go into quoting abnormal orders. This wastes resources for no benefit.
So what makes specifying pure indium preforms different than other solder preforms? Well, making high-quality, high-volume pure indium preforms is tricky! It may require special equipment, sensors, and logistics. Since these parts are so soft, making thousands of parts requires different processing and packaging methods than making just a handful of samples. It’s best when you are transparent about your needs so we can do our best to help you more efficiently.
This post is part of the “Complete Intro to Pure Indium Preforms” series