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.
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Demand is often fickle. Forecasted and actual demand can drastically swing one way or another, and your supply chain must plan and react accordingly. If your OEM fabricator consistently fails to meet delivery times, it can put you behind schedule and ultimately affect your customers.
The right OEM parts manufacturer should add more value than simply delivering items from a purchase order. Your supplier should be easy to work with, open to taking on new challenges and adept at problem solving. You need a fabrication supplier that is committed to keeping your production lines running.
OEMs usually have very high standards for safety, and they expect the same from their metal manufacturing suppliers. Not only does a safe work culture benefit employees, but it also improves the quality of metal parts your supplier produces.
The right OEM fabricator makes sure safety is its highest priority by putting the following seven program elements into place:
Many OEMs face a complex mix of fluctuating challenges. It can be difficult to boil down the symptoms of these problems into a clear picture of your actual overarching problems.
Let’s say the unexpected happens: When you start production on a piece of equipment, you realize you don’t have the necessary parts.
In running a business, you can’t always plan for the unexpected. That’s why it’s important for the partners you work closest with to be flexible to your changing demands.