As Abrasive Commodity Manager, we become the conduit for all abrasive
manufacturers to your plant. We know this industry. We know the strengths
(and not-so-strengths) of the manufacturers out there. Knowing your grinding
operations as we do, the areas with the greatest need for savings are
targeted, and then we match the products and manufacturers that will produce
the greatest savings and productivity enhancements. Voila!
How about minimizing your personnel’s
time with outside vendors? By being a single point of contact for abrasives,
the commodity manager concept takes the focus away from selling
more grinding wheels (the traditional competing distributor model) to
concentrate on optimizing each operation by selecting the best grinding
wheel for each application.
Your company will benefit from the fact that works with all the major grinding wheel manufacturers: Norton/Saint-Gobain,
Cincinnati/Tyrolit, Radiac and Noritake – good, longstanding, working
relationships. When your needs fluctuate, you’ll also benefit from
our alteration capabilities. We tap into our extensive grinding wheel
stock, then modify wheel sizes and forms to your exacting specifications.
Testing of all grinding wheels is enhanced by our Grinding Cycle Monitor
– a computerized data collection/power meter combination tool that
captures a true picture of the actual grinding cycle. Using this information
we are able to optimize individual grinding operations. For you, it means
reduced cycle times, or increased productivity of existing/new grinding
wheels, or reduced costs. Or, how about all three?
From our perspective, the cornerstones of effective tooling management
in today’s manufacturing environment are Commodity Management and
Vendor Managed Inventory. By taking on these roles, allows you
to focus precious energy on production, freeing up financial and personnel
resources. In the end, we work together – like a team. And that’s a good thing.
Did you ever notice that there is too much inventory throughout the supply
chain – whether held at the manufacturers’ locations, distributor
warehouses, or end users’ facilities? By utilizing input from you,
our Vendor Managed Inventory System keeps your plant sufficiently supplied,
while creating back-up inventory in our warehouse or in the manufacturing
pipeline. This minimizes the inventory kept in your facility, but also
rightsize your purchases to established requirements. This all works to
keep your purchase order size down and reduce those bothersome carrying
costs. There is also an advantage for us, because the regular monitoring
of your inventory helps us manage our inventory; a win-win proposition.