Original Date: 07/09/2007
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Best Practice : Quick Turnaround
The Inpro/Seal Company’s quick turnaround allows them to ship same-day orders. New orders for bearing isolators can be ordered, designed, manufactured, packaged, and shipped on the same day.
From the conception of the bearing isolator in the 1970s, Inpro/Seal knew the importance of getting products to its customers. Today Inpro/Seal can design, create, and manufacture custom-made bearing isolators for same-day shipment, with little-to-no storage of final products. This service is provided free of charge to customers. Inpro/Seal produces approximately 40,000 bearing isolators per month, 30% of which are manufactured for shipment the same day. Inpro/Seal can actually develop a new design, create, manufacture and ship product in as few as 21 minutes.
To accomplish shipment of products from order received to design, manufacture, and same-day shipping, Inpro/Seal has a number of resources that it uses, including more than 60,000 designs in the company’s database as a starting point. The company’s CNC code is generated and sent to manufacturing in minutes. A 30-day supply of raw material is always maintained, with multiple machine groupings to produce the product and three shifts working Monday through Friday (and Saturday if needed) to make a same-day turnaround and shipment possible.
Inpro/Seal knows that their bearing isolators are often retrofitted to machinery when machines are being repaired. They also know that downtime is very costly to the company. If Inpro/Seal cannot ship the same day, customers might take their business elsewhere. The sooner Inpro/Seal can get its product to its customers, the more money the customer can save. Inpro/Seal can eliminate the need for its customers to have to store inventory, which is space that can be used for other purposes. In addition to newly designed bearing isolators, Inpro/Seal can also provide its existing part numbers on a same-day basis. This can be very valuable to customers who have an unexpected ramp-up in their production as well. Being aware of customers needs and being able to provide products with a quick turnaround is one of Inpro/Seal’s greatest assets and one that has made the company so highly successful.
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