The metal products industry also stands to benefit from the cautious economic recovery. However, securing genuine profit from growth demands action. The manufacturing process must concentrate on cost-effectiveness and offering bespoke solutions. Smaller, more specialised lines are where gains can be made. Innovations, such as additive manufacturing (AM or 3D printing) and robotics are quite literally the future. By taking a knowledge-based approach, you can become a leading supplier with short lines of communication with customers.
Alert for action
As a trading company, you play a central role: adapting rapidly and driven by increasing service levels. As a manufacturer of metal products, an awareness of smart customisation is vital. This means closely aligning and streamlining your production processes and automation to close the gap between what you promise and what you deliver.
Eleven steps to secure a flourishing future
Accurate quotations and subsequent costing
Prices remain under considerable pressure; calculating your actual costs must be done accurately and consistently.
Certainty through tracking & tracing
Tracking & tracing is increasingly being used in the industry from point of production to point of delivery. It offers distinct benefits. Tracking & tracing is a requirement of certification and quality standards and essential if problems occur with the final product.
Effective production planning
Control your output more precisely by streamlining your production schedules and using MRP (Material Requirement Planning) to create full transparency of your production data.
Strategic CAD connection/PDM (Product Data Management)
A smooth and flexible connection between the CAD/PDM/PLM system and the ERP system adds value, as data from these multiple systems must be converted for ERP. This information can be used for product design, production programmes and to offer final versions to production.
Embed quality in the design process
Product development and improvement are embedded in APQP, or advanced product quality planning. APQP allows you to establish quality levels in a protocol and strengthen your relationship with your customers through intensive cooperation.
Risk reduction through hedging
Two important risk factors for metal-processing companies are volatile raw material prices and currency risks. Support for hedging is a relatively easy strategy to safeguard against these external risks.
Practical plant scheduling
Efficiency gains can be realised by deploying scheduling as a strategic tool; using the correct software to plan the production process across various branches and machines.
To benefit fully from smart customisation, a wise approach is configuring this methodology in modules. Stock levels – and your risk – will be minimised.
A detailed insight into the value of your inventory
An accurate and current insight into the value of your inventory is crucial: whether broken down into kilos, units or valued at the historical or current purchase price.
Nesting: sustainable and responsible
Efficient nesting is a way of making considerable savings on sheet metal processing. Combine orders and projects to reduce waste and generate pure profit.
Lean manufacturing, system ingenuity
Lean manufacturing is a philosophy that is an intrinsic component of the metal industry, and the self-regulating nature of systems is being used more often. Microsoft Dynamics AX facilitates and supports lean manufacturing, as evidenced by Kanban and Heijunka scheduling.