How to Start a Ceiling Fan Manufacturing Business

Introduction
A ceiling fan is a mechanically operated device powered by electrical current to form a rotary motion. The fan is mounted on a ceiling and the extended blade due to circular motion circulates air.
The speed of the rotary motion is relatively slow in comparison to standing or desk fans. The climate control energy of a fan is predicated on the reduction of stratification-air in the room.
There are many components that go into the manufacture of the product. Investors in this industry need moderate to huge capital to start a ceiling fan manufacturing business
Types of Ceiling Fans
If you are interested in investing in fan manufacture you need to identify the different types of ceiling fans. The type depends on the design, functionality, energy consumption, decorative style and technology.
Common types are the synchronous motor mini, high volume low speed or huge fans. The synchronous fan is small plastic fan while the high volume low speed variety has large diameter fans ideal for huge spaces such as reception halls, warehouses.
More types of fans include DC ceiling fan, bladeless fan, belt driven fans and friction drive fans. More are gear drive fans, internal belt driven ceiling fan skeleton motors. You also have the direct drive ceiling fan, spinner fans, cast iron, 20 pole induction motor ceiling fan.
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Fan Types
1. Synchronous motor mini
2. High volume low speed
3. Huge fans
4. DC ceiling fan
5. Bladeless fan
6. Belt driven fans
7. Friction drive fans
8. Gear drive fans
9. Internal belt driven ceiling fan
10. Skeleton motors
11. Direct drive ceiling fan
12. Spinner fans
13. Cast iron
14. 20 Pole induction motor ceiling fan.
Manufacture, Wholesale or Retail of Ceiling Fans
Before entering into the business you need to determine the sector of interest. You can choose to manufacture the fans, become a wholesaler or retailer. Manufacturing requires knowledge of electric fan assembling, marketing and branding.
You need a good location, warehouse, raw materials and appropriate equipment. The business is highly competitive and lucrative. A small business owner has to compete with top brands in the market.
To succeed the entrepreneur needs proper funding, technical knowledge, professional staff and strategic marketing. It is important to focus on a nice and specialize.
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Write a Ceiling Fan Business Plan
Write a ceiling fan manufacturing business plan and carry out a feasibility study. You need to secure startup capital, licensing and raw materials. The business plan should have an executive summary, intro, industry analysis.
Other parameters are manufacturing process, project details, and cost considerations. Focus on how to get financial assistance or loans.
More parameters are manufacturing requirement, project economic and project cost. Investigate the competition then determine their strength, market share and marketing strategy. You can hire a professional in the industry for additional impute.
Business Plan
•    Executive summary
•    Introduction
•    Industry analysis
•    Specify manufacturing process
•    Project details
•    Cost considerations
•    Financial assistance or loans
•    manufacturing requirement
•    project economic
•    project cost
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Franchising
You can consider buying into a franchise. Look for one that allows assembling of the parts in your factory. To find them use Yellow pages, directories or online search engines.
There is a possibility of getting one if there are no manufacturers in your geographical location. Securing a franchise is expensive however you gain their training, market penetration and brand name.
Where to Locate the Factory
 The size of the operation would determine the space required. You need adequate space for equipment, loading and storage. The factory should have utilities and close to source of raw material or market.
Staff Requirements
Only hire qualified staff to operate the machinery and run the assembly plant. The staffs you need are assembly staff, packaging, loading, driver and accountant. You might need a marketing department including quality control officer.
Ceiling Fan Raw Materials
There are a few raw materials that go into the manufacturing of electric ceiling fans. Some are build parts however you need top quality, strength, and durability of the component. Try to order parts from reputable companies that stock quality product.
Make sure the parts purchased are ISO certified for commercial use. Purchase fan blades, capacitor, bearings fan stamping, fan coils and gaskets.  .Others includes fan shafts, fan top/bottom, decorative components, fan canopies and fan down rod.
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Raw Materials
•    Fan blades
•    Fan capacitor
•    Bearings
•    Fan stamping
•    Fan coils
•    Gaskets
•    Fan shafts
•    Fan top/bottom
•    Decorative components
•    Canopies
•    Down rod
•    U-bolt system
•    Rotor
Key Components of a Ceiling Fan
Flywheel: The flywheel is a key component of a ceiling fan. It consists of a double torus attached to a motor shaft. The flywheel could be constructed from plastic, tough rubber or metal. A lock screw locks the inner ring to shaft and blade irons to outer ring.
Blades: the blades are flat paddle shaped to accommodate proper air circulation. They can be built from iron, aluminum, wood, plywood or plastic. The blade irons comprising flanges, holders, arm and brackets aid connection of blade to rotor.
Down rod: the down rod is strong iron or metal pipe that is used to suspend the fan from the ceiling. Mechanisms used to mount the fan include u-bolt system, j-hook, ball and socket system.
Decorative adornments are used to conceal the screws, while switch housing conceals important components like the switches, capacitor and wires.
Operating system: the fan needs an operating system to control the speed, start and stop the fan. Two major types of operating systems are the variable speed controlled fan, pull chain fan.
A common type is the wall mount controls that are either choke, digital or solid state variable speed control. Some innovative devices are the wireless remote control or direct switch. The direct switch controls the direction a fan rotates either clockwise or anti-clockwise.
Safety Concerns
There are a few safety concerns to the installation and operation of fans. The concerns include weight of the fan, support stress, failure of junction box. Other safety concerns involve low hanging fans and wobbling.
Ceiling Fan Manufacturing Cost
The cost of producing a unit depends on many factors. The cost includes cost of utility, labor, efficiency of the equipment and raw materials. Others are transportation cost, warehousing, value added tax, and cost of production.
A basic 2 speed fan with light fixture, plastic components and simple design costs about $20 -$80. Quality designed fan with upscale light fixtures combination of materials could go for $200-$500. Top end ceiling fans with fiberglass rods, decorative lights sell from $600.
The quality, durability of the material and design accounts for the final price. The motor size also adds to the cost while average blade length is 29-54 inches. Other factors in pricing are if the fan is capable of clockwise and counter clockwise rotation.
Marketing
The first step is to build a quality product. You could patent the brand name and apply strategic marketing. Use electronic and print media to push the brand.
Give discounts, organize competitions or fairs. You need to attract wholesalers to purchase your brand. A good way is to have good remunerations and competitive pricing for your product.
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