To stay competitive and meet customer requirements, metal fabricators need effective supply chain synchronization that allows them to get the right materials to the right place, at the right time.
But, at the end of the day, the true measure of their success is how well their manufacturing plants perform.
Within those four walls, metal fabricators can’t afford anything less than optimum flexibility and agility, with systems that support the smooth flow of information and materials through all operations. Lean manufacturing is the key to efficiency for metal fabricators in the punching, cutting, bending, stamping, and forming micro-verticals. Mixed modes of production help these manufacturers respond to constantly changing customer demand. Besides customer demand, metal fabricators are faced with a changing distribution environment that’s moving from a reactive, stable set of relationships to a continually changing network of supply and demand, with the distributor as the intermediary.Read More