The strength of steel lies in ongoing innovation. The fact that nearly 1,000 characteristics play a role in the final product provides one certainty: what is produced today will be obsolete five years from now. But can we retain control of the production processes in the face of so much change?
Control calls for close cooperation between manufacturers and customers. The automotive industry incorporates new and improved materials into the planning process when creating new designs. The life cycle of vehicle matches the lifecycle of the steel used in its production. This is practical, as new steel means – on average – less weight and more strength. However, it creates the need to introduce new methods, e.g. by switching to an ablative welding technique. In other words: communication between the various links in the supply chain is essential.
Efficient discussion calls for expertise
Efficient discussion on innovation requires the expertise of all the parties concerned. Those familiar with the constants in the manufacturing process are aware of which details may change. Optimum steel processing therefore requires a speciality. Experience with the various production processes is essential in order to push through innovations.
Metal companies are looking for opportunities to:
- Manage materials and equipment effectively;
- Guarantee an efficient supply;
- Implement Available To Promise;
- Optimise machinery and equipment.
Using an integrated approach toward the production process
Adopting an integrated approach toward the production process – from sales order to shipment – has a proven added value. The steel’s properties are set for each production run. This requires significant input on the part on the operator. You can avoid errors by centralising control. This also enables the optimal integration of automated production, including robotics.