While hysteria surrounding tariffs on steel and aluminum has dominated the news, very little coverage has focused on the impact on manufacturing costs. This is unfortunate as uncertainty surrounding these measures is the stuff that keeps supply chain managers up at night.
While tax reform was good news for CEOs, it turns out the that pressure never lets up for supply chain managers. That’s right, you still need to look for ways to improve on-time delivery, inventory management, and reduce costs.
Supply Chain Management is chock full of buzzwords. Elastic, enterprise mobility, cost to serve, and nearshoring are examples of the rush to embrace ‘silver bullet’ solutions for everything that keeps managers up at night. While there is always an element of truth to these buzzwords, the reality is that many of these phrases oversimplify the evolution of manufacturing.
No matter which coating technology you choose, preparation is the key to quality metal coating. To ensure a flawless finish, your fabrication partner must thoroughly clean each part using advanced pretreatment methods.
Powder coating and liquid coating are the two most common finishing processes for OEM parts, and a strategic fabrication partner can help you make the best choice.
Read on to learn how to decide which metal coating process is right for your parts.
Construction equipment manufacturers, just as Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in other industries, can be susceptible to the structure of their supply chain network. Both complex and simple supply chains, across large and small OEMs, can be negatively impacted without the right plan in place.
In the recent webinar, “Maximizing the Inventory Capabilities of Your Contract Metals Manufacturer,” nearly half of all attendees confirmed the use of inventory services provided by their welding supplier or fabricating partner. But how do you know that you’re receiving the full value of these services for your OEM business?
OEMs in heavy industry, including construction, agriculture, oil and gas, mining and material handling, can stand to gain much more from their custom metal fabrication partners than just the delivery of high-quality, metal fabricated products.
Imagine how smoothly your production line would operate if your metal manufacturing could achieve exponentially high-quality standards for near-defect-free components in the quantity you requested, when you need them.
Lean manufacturing is remarkably effective at creating continuous part flow and reducing waste when your custom steel fabricator has all of the fitting pieces in place. However, every process has to work together to create greater overall efficiency.
This month, Miller Welding & Machine Co. joined more than 2,000 manufacturers across the United States in opening its doors for a day of plant tours and demonstrations to celebrate modern manufacturing with the community. Students from elementary schools through university level attended the event, along with local businesspeople, politicians and residents.