Global shifts are sharply impacting the way companies in the United States do business. Carrying on the trend toward expanding e-commerce, businesses are increasingly shipping goods directly to customers – which means they need their products ready to go at a moment’s notice.
When you think about supply chain risk mitigation, what are the first things that come to mind? For us, the usual suspects are:
- Controlled costs
- On-time delivery
- Freight capacity utilization (proximity and load efficiency)
- Quality control
- Correctly designed packaging
Maintaining an inventory of what a client needs for production is a delicate and complicated balance. As inventory ages, it can depreciate to a level that no longer adds value for the producer. This is especially true in metal forming processes.
There’s nothing new or mysterious about “just-in-time” or JIT manufacturing. The idea has been around since the 1970s, and all it means is that you receive what you need, just when you need it -- hence the popular term just-in-time delivery.
Yet, when it first came into practice, it shook up metal[...]
Keeping control of inventory requires intentionality.
Insufficient inventory management leads to more waste, higher costs, and a poor vendor/customer relationship.
But how do you manage steel inventory, which is a big investment with a limited shelf life? You need a lean inventory management[...]
You’re a busy manufacturer that can’t afford to wait for materials to come back from the roll former. You’re also keeping a close eye on your budget.
Does your roll former bring you value beyond simply just doing roll forming?
To be competitive, a manufacturer has to offer value throughout your supply chain, from beginning to end of the project.
A roll forming manufacturer has experience in optimizing designs, processes, and post-production[...]
While it's certainly niche, roll forming is still like any other metal manufacturing process. A little collaborative engineering and a lot of lean manufacturing practices equal mutual success.
Are you looking for a high-capacity manufacturing partner? Those are everywhere, even in the niche world of roll-formed parts. But how many of those possess the agility and communicativeness of a small business?