8 Essentials – Metal Fabrication Orders…


1). Purchase Order Number

The Purchase Order (PO) number is used to track your order, a PO number can be a computer generated number or a name based on your business practices. A PO is considered a legal binding document telling Metaltech what you want, when you want it, and what price you are expecting to pay for the product. PO’s are often accompanied by “Terms and Agreements” or “Terms and Conditions.”


2). Part Number

The Part Number is used to identify the part you wish to purchase. Typically, the drawing number will match the part number.


3). Revision

The Revision or (REV) number is noted on the drawing and should be on the PO to assure Metaltech that we are building the correct revision of your part. When parts are designed, they are typically assigned a revision number or letter. When the design of a part is modified and the drawing is updated, the revision should be changed. For example, going from 1 to 2, or from A to B.  diagram-29887_1280 When Metaltech receives PO’s, we will compare the Revision on the PO to the most current revision we have on file (to make sure they match). Note: Metaltech recognizes that it is sometimes necessary for you to order older revisions (particularly for service parts).


4). Price

The Price is the price that you expect to pay for the parts or products being purchased (based on your quoted price received).


5). Quantity

The Quantity is the number of parts to be produced and shipped. Whenever appropriate, it is quite common for customers to have different line items for the same part number but with different delivery dates and quantities. These are commonly referred to as: “Trigger Releases,” “Blanket PO’s,” “Kan-Ban Releases,” etc.  advertise-766823_1280

This process is used to allow Metaltech to manufacture parts in larger lot sizes in order to take advantage of economy of scale. This allows customers to take advantage of lower prices due to the higher volume of parts being ordered.


6). Delivery Method or Pick-up Instructions

moving-312082_1280Delivery Method or Pick-up Instructions let Metaltech know the freight company or shipping method customers prefer for the shipment of their parts.





7). Ordered Date

The Ordered Date is typically the date the purchase order was issued and sent to Metaltech.


8). Required Date / Promised Date / Due Date


The Required Date / Promised Date / Due Date is the date customers expect their parts to be received into their facility.



Call Metaltech Products, Inc. today at phone number: 417-426-5577. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have regarding the process of ordering metal fabrication parts. phone-2127_640





Curtis Frazier – From Gridiron to Pig Iron…

Curtis Frazier – Quality Inspector, Professional Football Player, and Friend.

Mr. Curtis Frazier, a Quality Inspector for many years in the metal fabrication industry, and employed most recently by Metaltech Products, Inc. for the last seven years, retired recently.  Curtis F.

Metaltech employees gathered in his honor to celebrate his accomplishments not only as a co-worker, but as a friend.

We all wish you the best of luck in the next chapter of your life Curtis!


The Curtis Frazier Story –

#43 Defensive Back for the 1968 Cincinnati Bengals

The below story is from Metaltech’s archives of past employee newsletters. It is from the year 2009 when Metaltech had asked Mr. Frazier to write an article about himself for an employee spotlight section. We believe you will find this to be an interesting and inspiring read about life, goals, and especially faith:


My name is Curtis Frazier, or as I am called around here by some, the “Old Man.”  I don’t mind being called an old man, because I am (smile).  Being that, an “old man,” says that I have been around a while, been many places and had many opportunities.

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Curtis Frazier

One such opportunity I received in this life, through God’s grace, was that I played professional football with the 1968 Cincinnati Bengals!

When I was 12 years old, I saw a professional football game on TV and decided that was what I wanted to do in life.  It fascinated me and I just knew that it was something I could do well.  I remember asking my teacher what I had to do to become a professional athlete.  He told me that if I studied hard, got good grades, played sports, and went to college, perhaps I would get drafted by a pro-team.

That set my course. 

From that time on [about the 5th or 6th grade] I was on a mission.  I did what that teacher suggested-got good grades, played football in high school and junior college.  During that time, I received “The Most Improved Player” trophy in high school as well as second team All Conference while in junior college.  Though excited about these accomplishments, they were just precursors to my dream.  Because I was successful in football, I received a scholarship to attend Fresno State College where I played well enough to receive Honorable Mention All Conference.

After my senior year at Fresno State, I got a chance to try out as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers.  I was one of the last players to be cut before the regular season opener.  They offered me a position on the Taxi (or Practice Squad as they call it today).

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Photo: The ball is jarred loose from Oakland HB Pete Banaszak (40) from a jolting tackle by Cincinnati’s Curtis Frazier (DB-43) as Bengals’ Harry Gunner comes in to finalize the fumble in third period. Raiders posted a 31-10 victory over the Bengals. (UPI Telephoto)

I was given some bad counsel from a veteran player and refused the offer. Needless to say, that was a bad decision and quite a learning experience.  I continued to workout and practice.  I even played with a semi-pro team that season in Sacramento, California.Still not giving up, I continued to work out and practice on my own.  Tom Bass the ex-defensive back coach of the San Diego Chargers and the director of player personnel Al Localsal, were working with Paul Brown [Hall of Fame coach for the Cleveland Browns] putting together an expansion team called the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Cincinnati Bengals

They remembered me from San Diego and offered me a contract with the Bengals.  Needless to say, I accepted their offer.  I spent the summer working hard before and during training camp.  I had a good preseason and made the team!

I had achieved my goal.

I was a backup defensive back and a special team’s member.  I was so excited! I couldn’t believe it……but that’s a whole new story.  I will stop here, but the moral to this story is that dreams can come true!  By applying oneself in the direction of your dream, and with God’s help you can achieve it!

                                                                                                           – Curtis Frazier

1968 Cincinnati Bengals Roster





Sales Order Terminology…

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Purchase Order (PO):    

conditions-624911_1280 A purchase order number is used to track your order; a PO number can be a  computer generated number, or a name based on your business practices. A PO is considered a legal binding document telling your supplier what you want, when you want it, and what price you are expecting to pay for a product(s). PO’s are often accompanied by “Terms and Agreements,” or “Terms and Conditions.” These are specific terms the customer is giving you to make sure you know all the details before you do business with them.

Customer Service Representative (CSR):

This is the person that you should expect to talk to about your order.

Promised Date:

The promised date is the date that you should expect to receive your parts.

office-639307_1280Sales Order Acknowledgment (SO Acknowledgment):

SO Acknowledgment is a document that your CSR will send to you acknowledging that they have entered your order. It will contain the customer name, billing address, shipping address, purchase order number, payment terms, our internal order number, part number, rev level, quantity ordered, price per part and total price, and the promised date.

Return Materials Authorization (RMA):

This is a document that is issued in a case where you have a problem with an order you received and need to return it. It will contain an RMA #, customer name, contact information, the address to return it to, and information related to the product being returned and instructions on how to return it.



An itemized bill for goods sold or services provided. It will contain individual prices, the total charge, and the terms.

Packing List (PL):

Packing list is a document that signifies that your shipment is ready to be shipped. It will contain a packing list number, the date the PL was prepared, payment terms, part number, quantity shipped, customer purchase order number, rev level, our internal order number, and information if any quantity is back-ordered.

Bill of Lading (BOL):   truck-331499_1280

Bill of Lading is a shipping document that is created when a freight shipment is prepared. It will contain a BOL number, the date the BOL was prepared, carrier, consignee (address freight is shipping), Bill to address (address freight is being billed to), terms of the shipment, purchase order number, number of holding units, description of freight, and weight of shipment.

Freight Terms:

You can usually choose to have your freight shipped:

  • Prepaid: (example: Metaltech Products, Inc. pays the shipping charges);
  • Collect: The consignee (address freight is shipping) pays the shipping charges; or,
  • Third Party: This means that another party other than the shipper or receiver will be
    paying the shipping charges.

Basic Parts:    truss-plate-653134_1280

A Basic Part is a part that requires stock and/or standard materials and processes.

Pre-Production Approval Process (PPAP):

This is a process required by the customer during the production process. It would entail the quality department being involved with each component of your part. They would measure everything making sure that it matches the print within tolerance prior to the component moving any further ahead in the production process. Typically the PPAP process would involve a 3 piece sampling of the production quantity. The PPAP process can add additional time to the production lead time.

First Run Parts:

These are parts that have never been previously ran through our shop before but do not require an formal approval process. We do not anticipate that they would need additional time above and beyond the normal lead time, but it is a possibility and should be considered by the customer.

Prototype Parts:   new-628518_1280

These are parts that we have not been previously run through the shop before, they don’t require a formal approval process. The customer wants to get a first time look at this part to make sure that it will work in their process. These potentially could take a little more lead time, but should not be enough to extend the promised date. On an order of basic parts, you would typically be able to expect completion within 5 business days.