When you run a facility such as a manufacturing factory, you will always need to find a way to ensure that you always have the right fasteners for the job. This is something that many people take for granted, but which often turns out to be a lot trickier than most people think. The overall goal of using the best possible fasteners is to ensure that the cost of manufacturing is kept low, and that the quality of the products you make is also high. There are many things that will affect the quality of the fasteners you use, and one of these is the quality of the supply chain.
Problems you can encounter with an inefficient fastener supply chain
There are a number of issues you will definitely have a problem with when you have an inefficient supply chain. The most obvious of these is that you may end up with low quality fasteners. This could be on account of getting the products supplied by the wrong distributors, or having a misunderstanding when it comes to the types of fasteners you should buy.
In addition to that, you may also come across a scenario where you have frequent shortages of the fasteners. For instance, your supplier may have logistical or other problems that result in them not being able to supply the fasteners on time or in the required quantities. All these issues will definitely have an impact on the productivity of your company.
The importance of optimization
This means that when you use a regular supply of fasteners such as aluminum socket head cap screws or Inconel socket set screws, you need to do all you can to ensure that your supply chain is actually optimized. There are several ways of doing this including:
- Ensure that you are clear about your needs: By the time you start such a firm, always ensure that you evaluate how many of the fasteners you need on a regular basis. For instance, how many of them will you require in a day or a week? This way, it will be easier for you to place orders in such a manner that you don’t order too many fasteners, but you also don’t have many shortages.
- Pick a supplier who is capable: When you are picking a supplier, ensure that you consult them and discuss your needs with them thoroughly. The goal is to ensure that they understand your specific needs. You will also be in a better position to evaluate them to find out if they can supply such needs. For instance, if you are running a huge operation, you may insist that they should have successfully supplied a customer with such needs before. This way, you can be sure that they know their way around this.
- Stick with a single supplier: In addition to that, always ensure that you work with only one supplier instead of switching from one to the next.
The optimization of your fastener supply chain does not need to be a difficult process. With the above tips in mind, you should be able to do it successfully.
Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.