Process & Design

At Sterling, we know that manufacturing is more than machining and technical capabilities; our reputation has been built as much on our process management and design thinking as it has on our broad technical expertise.


Our OEM customers appreciate our detailed attention to their design and our ability to add value and reduce costs through optimizing their Design for Manufacturing and Assembly. Our team thinks holistically about clients’ products, from material sourcing and supply chain optimization, to manufacturing technologies and techniques, right through to delivery and end usage. 

Stage-gate Onboarding & Development

Our clients quickly realize that disciplined process is what makes us rise above the crowd. Our methodical approach to onboarding and product lifecycle ensures success; we work together to advance through each development stage, making sure we meet all the requirements to move the project to its next phase: 

I. Design

At each phase, projects must pass through a stage-gate, making sure we’ve got everything we need to progress to the next stage

  1. Concept & planning
  2. Product development, ending with design lock
  3. Process development, ending with process lock
  4. Quality validation

II. Production

Kicking off production means strict adherence to our Quality Management System and processes, to ensure quality & compliance.

We practice Continuous Improvement; product & process changes follow strict procedures to ensure quality & repeatability.

R&D + Prototyping

Lastly, for customers who are still refining their product designs, we love being involved early in the process; we can provide research, development and iterative prototyping services to accelerate the process of getting new products to market. 

Supply Chain Optimization

Design Transfer + DFM

R&D + Prototyping

Process Optimization