The metal products industry will also benefit from the cautious economic growth, but that won’t happen of its own accord! It has to be more efficient and bespoke, the gains are in the smaller, more specialised lines. Innovations, such as additive manufacturing (3D printing) and robotics are quite literally the future. Based on knowledge, you can become a leading supplier with short lines of communication with customers.
As a trading company, you have a central function: rapid adaptation with growing service as the lubrication. As a manufacturer of metal products, you need to be alert to smart customisation. This means flawless organisation of the company’s own product, the production processes and automation to close the gap between what is possible and what is promised.
Eleven steps towards a flourishing future
Meticulous quotations and subsequent costing
Prices remain under considerable pressure; attention has to be paid to calculations, which must be meticulous.
Certainty through tracking & tracing
Ever more parties within the industry use tracking & tracing to trace materials through to the ultimate suppliers, which is a good move. Certificates and quality standards require this in case there are problems with the final product.
Effective production planning
Streamline your production schedules, use MRP (Material Requirement Planning) to give you full transparency of your production data, enabling you to control production more accurately.
Strategic CAD connection/PDM (Product Data Management)
A flexible connection between the CAD/PDM/PLM system and the ERP system is valuable. After all, you have to be able to convert the results from these systems for ERP. For example, they can be used for product design for production programmes and to offer final versions to production.
Embed quality in the design process
APQP, or advanced product quality planning, encompasses product development and process improvement. APQP allows you to record a quality level in a protocol and the intensive cooperation with customers benefits the relationship.
Risk reduction through hedging
Two important risk factors for metal-processing companies are volatile raw material prices and currency risks. With support for hedging, you can relatively easily safeguard against these external risks.
Practical plant scheduling
Much can be gained with scheduling as a strategic tool; using the correct software you can plan the production process for various branches and machines. Efficiency advantage.
Configuration, intelligent customisation
To benefit fully from smart customisation, it would be prudent to build up this methodology in modules. Both stock and risk then remain low.
The value of your stock, down to the smallest detail.
It is increasingly importance for the value of your stock to be in order. Whether that is in kilos, in units or at the historical or current purchase price.
Nesting, sustainable and responsible
On sheet metal, considerable savings can be made through efficient nesting. Combine orders and projects and produce less waste effectively. That is pure profit.
Lean manufacturing, the ingenuity of systems
Lean can no longer be ignored in the metal industry, and the self-regulating nature of systems is used more often. Microsoft Dynamics AX facilitates and supports lean manufacturing, as evidenced by Kanban and Heijunka scheduling.
Pulse is a supplier of solutions
We often use these solutions in the metal industry: