New fiber laser? Buried in raw material? If so, you’re not alone… here’s a peek inside M&S Fabrication to show how they overcame their inventory challenges. After realizing how much time they were spending every day unburying the material they needed, they knew they needed to invest into their first touch points: raw material before it even hits the laser; and the results are outstanding!
Stifflers Chassis and Suspension
Adhering to lean manufacturing principles is one of the many ways that Stifflers Chassis and Suspension finds great success in high-quality laser cutting and metal fabrication. After becoming buried in raw sheet stock for their high-speed fiber laser, they trusted Lean Manufacturing Products to provide a turnkey solution for managing their inventory with a reduced footprint and increased accessibility. Listen along as their Production Manager, Mike Simpson, explains how they operated before having LEAN’s sheet storage rack, and how they are now thriving post-installation – with newly created space, capacity, safety, and throughput. A big win for all.
Accurate Fabrication, LLC
“Thank you again for the Lean Manufacturing Raw Material racks. They not only look awesome, but they save a ton of floor space. We used to unbury 2-3 stacks of material several times daily to get the material we need to process orders effectively. With the addition of the four material racks, we’ve reduced the floor space we use for material storage by a third. As a bonus, the Lean rack shelves fit perfectly in our automation tower making load/unload fast, allowing our operators to spend more time cutting material. The addition of your racks has truly made a huge dent in our continuous addition of Lean practices throughout our plant.”
Tigmaster is a cutting edge manufacturer offering welding, laser cutting, machining, waterjet cutting and much more. They pride themselves on quick turnaround times and having the most modern equipment and newest technologies available on the market. As they’ve grown, they found themselves buried in sheet metal which was effecting their production. Hear how they turned to Lean to create more floor space and have continued to invest in sheet metal storage racks in order to keep their shop clean and best serve their customers.
Exterior Pro Keeps it LEAN
Is the investment worth it? In this short “Gear Review” video, Meet Aaron Perry, owner of Exterior Pro Roofing in Indiana. If Aaron’s space and efficiency challenges sound relatable, we would love the opportunity to create a similar success story!
At LEAN, we’re incredibly proud to work with companies that continue pushing the limits of metal fabrication – such as Atomic Industries. We’re humbled to play an integral role in the efficiency of their premier fabrication facility.
Space and Customer Demand
In the video below, John represents most metal fabricators… fighting for space, and working hard to keep up with customer demands. Check out how our sheet metal storage systems help him create space for more operations and better efficiencies.
Check out what Edge Fabrication located in Irving, TX has to say about their switch to Lean Sheet Metal Storage Racks,
“Edge Fabrication works hard to ensure we have what our customers need when they need it. Our new material storage system has increased our capacity by 50%, and we carry a wide variety of material. This is just one of the improvements we’ve made to meet our customer’s growing needs. How can we help you with your next precision sheet metal fabrication project?”
Danuser Solves Space Challenges
After Danuser’s most recent building addition in 2018, the thought of knocking down a wall and expanding the building was a gut-wrenching thought. Was there any way they could hold more sheet metal inventory in less space?
Within minutes of sending in an online request, Danuser had a Lean Manufacturing project manager dedicated to their opportunity. Read more.
As the Production Manager for Simpson Strong-Tie, Josh Williams plays an integral role in the successful implementation of Lean principles within his manufacturing facility. Josh knew that with an overcrowded shop floor, practicing FIFO and the potential of damaged material can become a persistent issue. The integration of LEAN Safety Block Storage Systems created a seamless storage access point that improved the efficiency and productivity on the shop floor. Sheet metal secured in independent cartridges eliminates the potential of damaged material, reduces machine downtime, and will create cost-savings for Simpson Strong-Tie for years to come.
“The LEAN storage systems brought much-needed organization to our inventory so we can now maintain low Kanban levels and track FIFO efficiently. Previously, when customers visited us, we used to guide them away from our material storage area. Now we take them right to it!”
“The LEAN racks have made a huge impact by reducing our down time significantly. No more digging out metal, double handling, and waiting on material. Our sheet-metal is organized and ready for use, right at the point of use. We removed 6 racks in total and replaced them with 2 LEAN racks.”
“We had stacks of material and would have to move 5, 7, even 10 stacks to get to the material stack we wanted below. It would never fail: as soon as we stacked bundles on top, the next one we needed was on the bottom! What used to take an average of 20 minutes to state material bundles, now takes us 1-2 minutes.”
“We used to have wood pallets break and buckle due to the weight of the sheet metal. We’ve also had sheet-metal loads shift and spill off wood pallets. The LEAN racks and cartridges eliminated multiple safety issues and are a major safety improvement.”
“We fabricate metal components, yet our floor was always covered in wooden pallets. With the LEAN racks, we significantly reduced wood and created more space than we ever thought possible. We are now using the open space for more manufacturing.”
“As our business has grown, our biggest challenge was staying organized. The more stock we brought in, the less efficient we became because we simply ran out of space. The LEAN Storage Rack helped us regain the order and efficiency that we needed in our sheet metal shop.”
“We used to have pallets moving around the warehouse all day. Now our material is stacked in one place in a well-designed vertical storage system.”
“We had stacks and stacks of material on our floor, and we were not able to practice FIFO in our facility. With our new LEAN rack, we are able to save on costs with less damaged material and machine downtime, as well as an uptick in efficiency to get more product to the floor and out to our customers.”
“By implementing our new LEAN storage rack, we were able to free up space on our shop floor. Freeing up this square footage in our facility allowed us to put a new Laser in place. We’re very happy with the LEAN storage system.”
“With our new LEAN Storage System, we can pull a cartridge out and load sheets directly into our sheet metal laser. This allows us to be very versatile and cut exactly what we need from a variety of materials, without having to chase down and move sheet metal around to get what we need to load the laser.”