Supply Chain Transitioning

End-to-End Management with Results

Changing suppliers can cause significant disruption to your project, but it’s often a necessary change. No matter the reason for transition - whether for cost reduction, supplier exit, or repositioning - Intertec Engineering’s Transition Process can be tailored to fit the needs of your company.

Our team can focus on any point in the process or manage the entire project for you. With a wide range of experts available to be reached at any time, we will provide unmatched support for your supply chain.

Transition Process

Reviews of past validation experiences, inspections, and quality and customer issues are crucial components of supply chain transitioning. But, equally as essential is speaking directly with your engineers to discover hidden factory or customer approval requirements. For this reason, our Transition Process includes a review of all available documents to ensure that they meet your most current standards, as well as an evaluation of validation requirements for fixed processes, functional tests, or substantiation.

Based on the results of our investigation, our multi-disciplined team will establish a risk level and recommend the most suitable transition plan for each part you wish to transition.

To ensure a successful transition, Intertec will help with:

Intertec’s extensive engineering experience allows us to gain a comprehensive overview of all testing requirements for any system or component, ranging from ignition systems and sensors to valves, oil pumps, machined parts, castings and forgings, to complex components.


Model & drawing creation or revision


Identifying functional test requirements


Identifying metallurgical evaluation requirements


Identify qualification requirements

Our goal is to ensure that any new vendor can accurately interpret the drawings, and that the product you designed is the product you receive - whether it comes from the local shop or from across the world. The Intertec Engineering team will stay engaged every step of the transition execution to ensure a seamless transition.

Once all steps are executed, the parts are ready for production.

During the Supplier Engagement phase, our buyers will help with the negotiations of long-term contracts and placing purchase orders. While this occurs, our engineers will stay engaged with suppliers during their manufacturing processes, tooling development, and parts manufacturing.

Our team will ensure that the validation/substantiation steps established during the evaluation of requirements are executed and all issues identified during this phase are communicated back to the supplier and solutions are identified.

Seamless Transition, Every time

Allow our experts to guide you through a seamless switch

Design to Cost Mindset

70% of a product’s manufacturing costs can be determined at the design stage, which is why it’s crucial to invest efforts from the forefront. In doing so, you can identify cost reduction opportunities - which is precisely what we do with a design to cost mindset.

Our team of manufacturing engineers and designers can analyze your designs and propose less costly processes. By modifying the design based on this, we ensure reliable maintenance of your cost targets, as well as discovering new opportunities to increase the robustness of your product.

With Intertec Engineering’s Six Sigma certified team, we apply lean principles to reduce manufacturing costs and optimize your manufacturing processes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is supply chain transitioning?
Supply chain transitioning is the process of moving from one supplier to another, from one supplier network to another, or from one production facility to another. It’s the process of changing the way a company sources its products, services, or materials. The transition involves a great deal of planning, coordination, and execution and can be triggered by a variety of issues and needs, and involves managing logistics, inventory, quality, cost, and compliance.
Why does supply chain transitioning matter?
Supply chain transitioning helps organizations improve operations and competitiveness by:
  • Minimizing disruptions
  • Maintaining or improving quality and compliance
  • Optimizing costs
  • Maintaining or improving level of service
  • Addressing supply chain risks
  • Exploiting new strategic partnerships
What are the steps involved in supply chain transitioning?
  1. Identifying the need for transition
  2. Identifying new suppliers
  3. Negotiating terms
  4. Planning and coordination
  5. Implementation
  6. Monitoring and measurement
How do you manage risks during supply chain transitioning?
Begin with identifying the risks associated with the transitions, such as disruptions to operations. Next, assess the likelihood of and impact of each risk and determine the risk level for each. Next, develop a plan to mitigate each risk. Finally, implement your risk management plan.
How do you ensure continuity of operations during supply chain transitioning?
  1. Develop a continuity plan
  2. Identify critical components and materials
  3. Secure alternative sources
  4. Communicate with stakeholders
  5. Maintain inventory
  6. Establish redundancy
  7. Have a backup plan
How do you measure the success of a supply chain transition?
  1. Define success criteria
  2. Track progress
  3. Collect and analyze data
  4. Survey stakeholders
  5. Conduct a post-transition review
  6. Benchmark your results against industry standards
  7. Review the long-term performance

Intertec Engineering provides engineering solutions with a team of experts

No matter how complex, we manage every project from conception to completion