TEWKSBURY, MA--A manufacturer of renal dialysis equipment is using a Web-based service to procure custom-made parts.

Vasca Inc. contracted with procurement firm ThreeCore Inc. (Beverly, MA) to assist in the sourcing process. ThreeCore uses the Internet to bring parts buyers and parts makers together in large- and small-scale "private procurement events." The company also offers support for sourcing various materials, and provides operations engineering services to improve the procurement process.

"Improved purchasing habits directly translate into competitive advantage," says Paul Marad, director of engineering at Vasca. "We are always looking for ways to improve gross margins on our custom parts and for ways to get parts faster but with the same high quality."

For more information about online parts procurement, call 978-921-7166 or visit www.threecore.com.