Supply System/Manufacturing Process Improvement Example: Roll Forming

Manufacturing process improvement can be tricky!

We all want to improve our manufacturing processes and create added productivity. We use scads of analysis, cost accounting numbers, and other manufacturing process improvement tools to evaluate our nonproductive processes. Our computer systems[...]

Dahlstrom Purchases a Roll Forming Manufacturer & Facility

Dahlstrom Roll Form has agreed to purchase DC Rollform, a Falconer, N.Y.-based roll forming manufacturer. In addition, Dahlstrom will purchase DC’s 130,000 sq. ft. building.

JIT Manufacturing Is Just 1 Step a Roll Forming Manufacturer Must Take

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[...]

Your Custom Roll Forming Services Need Better Vendor-Managed Inventory

Maintaining inventory of what a customer needs for production, and nothing more, 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.

Why Get Custom Roll Forming From a Single Source? We've Got 2 Words

For manufacturers who require a continuous flow of custom roll forming, late shipments and stock outages can negatively impact sales and make it difficult to compete in today’s global marketplace. To limit the possibility of such headaches, OEM often choose between multisourcing vs.[...]

6 Ways to Get More Out of Your OEM Roll Forming Services

Just roll forming isn’t very valuable to you. You can do just roll forming in-house. To be competitive, a manufacturer has to offer value throughout your supply chain, from beginning to end of the project.

What to Expect From a Full-Service Roll Forming Manufacturer

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.

Centrally Storing Roll Forming Tooling Cuts Lead Time & Red Tape

Using “pull production” rather than “push production” -- meaning, using a demand-driven approach rather than a supply-driven approach -- is a manufacturing philosophy that’s existed for decades at this point. In an industry like metal roll forming, “pull production” means everything from raw[...]

Why Your Roll Forming Manufacturer Sucks at On-Time Delivery & Packaging

Customers don't ask for much. All they want is the right product at the right price, delivered on time and free from defects. That doesn't seem unreasonable, but many manufacturers struggle to hit all four points simultaneously. Hitting all four on a consistent basis is harder still.

Lean Manufacturing: Kanban Inventory Management in Roll Forming

Kanban inventory management was developed in the 1950s by Taiichi Ohno, a Toyota executive. He took notice of the way supermarkets handle and replenish their inventory, and applied those strategies to the manufacturing process. Today, kanban is a major component of lean manufacturing[...]

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