If you are running a factory or small operation and you need new parts for machines, where is the best place to go? You could of course look to buy from the company which built it but much like cars and the vehicles, you are looking at paying a premium for those parts. Another option is to hit Google and have a look for ‘machine shops near me’ but that may not be the best way for you to find a place which is specifically making the parts which you are looking for, which of course may be very specialized. There are a number of options for you to try here, give these a go before you start blindly looking online.
There is nothing to stop you from speaking to clients and partners to find out if they use similar machinery, you never know, they may have spare parts lying around. There is a real waste not want not attitude in the factory game and that is why you may get a bit of luck if you start phoning round. There is rarely competition here because most factories are using their assembly lines for different things, so you may very well be in luck.
There are forums online for just about everything and I would start on a general factory forum, and you may even find a forum which is dedicated to the type of machine which you have. Through forums you can meet people from all over the world who may be able to put you in touch with someone who sells the machine or parts for it. This could also be a great way of making contacts which may serve you at a later date.
Another option is to contact the original manufacturer as they may have a number of registered re-sellers who you can buy parts from. Sometimes these may be reconditioned parts which come at a slightly lower cost but they could very well be what you need.
What you could certainly have a look online for is a company which custom makes parts for machines, this could be the best option to get a apr which is almost identical to that which you need, and the cost can often be lower than what the original manufacturer may be charging. There are some incredible companies out there who are able to manufacture parts which look identical to what the original is, or at least close enough that you machinery will be back up and running again in no time at all.
Speak with your contacts, seek out second hand parts, look to create relationships with custom machinery makers and get involved in some forums online to see what you may be ablate find. There are lots of options for you, spread yourself thin and you’ll be able to get those parts that you need in no time at all, to get things moving again.