Supply Chain / Logistics

5 Benefits of Buying Fasteners from a Distributor

Fastener Distributor or Manufacturer

It may be tempting to buy fasteners directly from manufacturers strictly based on piece price, but before you commit to a source, keep in mind some of the benefits of using a good distributor.

Benefits of Using a Distributor

  1. Volumes – Most manufacturers have MOQs (minimum order quantities) of 2,000 pounds per order. Fasteners are produced from coils of steel, which are generally 2,000 pounds in weight. Splitting a coil is not cost effective, so MOQs are established. Distribution often buys the larger lot sizes of standard parts and may stock them for re-selling in smaller quantities.
  2. Packaging – Distributors are often more flexible on package types and quantities. For the best pricing, many manufacturers prefer to ship in bulk containers which require repackaging.
  3. Delivery – Scheduled delivery quantities and dates may be negotiated rather than bulk shipments.
  4. Stocking – Many distributors offer programs to bring the fasteners right to your assembly line and monitor your inventory for you.
  5. Design Help – A good distributor will have fastener experts on staff that can help design engineers select the proper fasteners, troubleshoot problems with assembly, and make recommendations for cost savings.

If you are not getting the support you need from your fastener supplier, contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

Doug Jones
Applications Engineer
djones@bossard.com

November 02, 2018
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6 Ways to Save on Your C-Parts Management Costs

6 Ways to save on C-parts management costs

When prioritizing the necessary components of your end product, C-parts such as screws, washers and nuts often take the backseat. While it’s true these small pieces may not be the most noteworthy aspect of your product, there’s no question they are a vital part of the machine you are selling.

However, acquiring C-parts—even small consumer articles—is often a very costly business. This leads to high process costs in relation to the purchase costs. So how do you save money on secondary parts while maintaining excellent end product quality?

That’s where our free e-book comes in.

How Our E-Book Can Help

In this e-book, you will find 6 proven ways to help you reach up to 70% cost savings on your C-parts management. With the book as your guide, you will learn the importance of several factors that affect C-parts cost and useful tips on how to recognize these issues so you can find a better long-term solution.

This book will help you identify potential problems early on, allowing you to pinpoint a management area that needs work and fix it accordingly, saving you money in the long run. You’ll learn the benefits of outsourcing C-parts management and avoiding over-production, which can cost you time as well as money. Our e-book helps you understand the value of minimizing your movements for better efficiency, as well as how to focus on time management and process analysis to make sure you are on the right track.

Experience in the industry has shown that cost savings of up to 70% can be achieved in the areas of logistics of C-parts management. This has a lasting effect on the total cost of the end product. Success stories from Bossard’s customers are the true proof of saving immense costs on your C-parts management.

For more information, check out www.bossard.com or contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

July 27, 2018
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Why You Should Optimize Your Last Mile Management

Optimize Your Last Mile Management

When reviewing supply chain management, it’s often discouraging that the last leg of the supply chain, moving materials from central storage locations to the work cells, is often the least efficient part of the shipping process. That’s why we’ve developed Last Mile Management—a simple solution for internal logistics.

Last Mile fully supports the milk run / water spider employee by efficiently carrying out their material flow in a time-saving manner for maximum productivity and less hassle. This method allows your business to benefit from intuitive and paperless instructions for setup and replenishment, shorter paths and full transparency.

Last Mile Benefits

Our replenishment process has been optimized by experts to create a seamless and cost-effective method of transportation.

Last Mile gives you real-time consumption data for each individual work cell and optimizes material flow and reduction of movements in internal logistics. We utilize semi- and fully-automated digital technologies to determine shorter order and delivery times; this ensures a highly reliable and efficient process. The Last Mile method also provides flexibility in reconfigurations.

Notable Features

Last Mile consists of several essential features that all come together to make the system run smoothly. This management method utilizes electronic demand requests, a mobile app for a paperless process, integration of all articles, as well as configurable work cells and customizable route definition for your convenience.

How it Works

Using a semi- or fully-automated system, a demand request is triggered at the work cell. The request is then transmitted online to the Bossard software ARIMS, where it is automatically added to the digital picking list. This digital list ensures the needed materials can be efficiently picked at the supermarket, pre-assembly, warehouse, etc. Finally, the milk run / water spider receives a route plan to replenish the work cells. Last Mile guarantees the final route plan is path-optimized, paperless, reliable and time-saving.

Optimize your Last Mile Management with Bossard’s results-driven process for a smoother, more resourceful shipping procedure that saves your business both time and money. For more information, check out www.bossard.com or contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

July 06, 2018
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All About Rationalization and How It Can Save Your Company Money

Fastener Cost Savings

Rationalization: the action of reorganizing a process or system to make it more logical and consistent.

When we talk to customers about saving them money as a supplier of fasteners, the term “rationalization” always comes up. So how does the definition above apply to saving money just by looking at fasteners?

There are a couple of ways to approach the process:

BOM

The first is to look at one product that is being produced and start with the BOM (bill of materials) for that item. Often the BOM is missing some key descriptors, which we need to identify first by reviewing samples or prints to make sure we have a complete description. Once we have good, complete descriptions, then we can filter the list by size, grade and/or finish and look for similar parts. Next, we ask the question, “Do you need three M8 nuts, or can you get by with one that works for all applications?” By going through this exercise, we can normally eliminate several part numbers which ultimately saves the customer money.

Large Scale Approach

The other way to approach the process is to look at the entire factory, assuming that multiple items are being produced. By looking at the larger scale, we can eliminate more parts and come up with more cost savings. This only works well if we see the entire fastener BOM, so if there is more than one fastener supplier, we need access to all items.

Suggestions from a rationalization exercise can always yield cost savings, at least in theory. However, the reality is that making changes to existing products also has a cost which may exceed the savings. So what is the value of rationalization?

By going through the exercise with existing products, a strategy can be developed to use going forward on future builds. If possible, make a “first choice” list using one drive style, one finish and one grade of fastener that will work in most applications. Publish this list and teach engineers to use it as much as possible. This will help keep the number of special parts to a minimum.

Rationalization can yield some good cost savings ideas, but for the best results, get us involved in the design phase of your engineering project at ProvenProductivity@Bossard.com.

Doug Jones
Applications Engineer
Email: djones@bossard.com

April 27, 2018
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What’s the Difference Between Kits and Assemblies?

Kits & Assemblies

The difference between a kit and an assembly is quite simple:

  1. An assembly is taking two or more parts and combining them together to form one ultimate part.
  2. A kit is combining two or more components and either bagging or boxing them together. Typically, this gives the end user the ability to easily assemble the parts without confusion.

Kitting and assembling components is a task that typically involves multiple different items, and can take up a lot of time for both your employees and your company. Every item has its mate and place in different applications and if it isn’t done properly, it can potentially cause a butterfly effect. The result will be failures due to incorrect assembly, loss of production due to having to stop, and having to locate the proper part because it wasn’t kitted correctly.

Kits and assemblies need to be done right. It takes patience, attention to detail, and are extremely time consuming. If you feel you have a kit or assembly opportunity that you need assistance with, please contact Bossard at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

 

Eric Barfels
Technical Sales
Ebarfels@bossard.com

April 06, 2018
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Why You Should Select a Fastener Distributor Carefully

Fastener stores and distributors are everywhere so it should be simple to pick out a fastener for a specific job or assembly, right?

Many large retail chains and small distributors purchase fasteners with the sole purpose of getting the right diameter and length. These companies do not inspect these orders for compliance, nor do they verify that the supplier or manufacturer is meeting any specific standard.

Most likely these companies do not even know about or understand the requirements for fasteners. There are many standards institutes and organizations worldwide, such as ISO, ANSI, ASME, DIN and JIS. Every country will have their own standard system that covers fasteners, methods for testing fasteners, or both. These standards specify requirements for dimensions, thread size (major diameter, minor diameter and pitch), as well as the mechanical requirements, such as hardness and tensile strength.

These requirements are to be inspected and tested by the manufacturer. How do you know that the suppliers follow these guidelines or that the fasteners they supply meet these requirements?

Contact us through ProvenProductivity@bossard.com and see what steps we take to ensure we provide quality fasteners from proven manufacturers.

 

Jon Rathe
SCQA

January 26, 2018
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Comparison of Bossard Smart Factory Logistics Systems

Comparison of Bossard Smart Factory Logistics Systems

Looking for a leaner and better process? Take a deeper look at Smart Factory Logistics from Bossard. Below, we break down some of our parts and services so you can decide what will be the most helpful for you and your business.

The idea behind the SmartBin part of Smart Factory Logistics is that we measure the amount of goods that you have to maximize ordering efficiency. You will be supplied with the correct amount of materials at the correct time. There are three different SmartBin options, so you can choose the ones that truly fit with your operation.

SmartBin Flex

This type of SmartBin is our most flexible option. The SmartBin Flex can be placed anywhere and it doesn’t even need a power connection. The Flex option transmits signals wirelessly for ultimate flexibility.

SmartBin Mobile

This SmartBin option will give you a mobile trolley equipped with SmartBin, making it the perfect option for changing work environments. The mobile trolleys have battery powered wireless communication.

SmartBin Classic

This option is the traditional SmartBin. It is perfect for non-mobile pools of your equipment. SmartBin can manage your parts whether they are a few grams per bin or 1,000 kg per pallet.

SmartLabel is an option for you if you cannot change or completely convert your existing system.

SmartLabel

The SmartLabel can be added to any standard bin you may have, so it doesn’t require you to change anything about the way your factory currently runs. The idea behind SmartLabel is that it will be an easy way for you to reorder products because the label has all the information to help you order parts without confusion.

SmartCard is a flexible system for assembly line delivery. Check out the specifics below.

SmartCard

Similar to the SmartLabel, this technology is another that can be very easily implemented into what you do now. When an item is out of stock, you take the RFID card associated with it and you put the card into the electronic mailbox. Then with SmartCard, Bossard will replenish your product for you. This is slightly different from SmartLabel where you have to order the product yourself.

With Bossard’s Smart Factory Logistics, each bin has a label to properly identify your part or product. How you refill that product is dependent on which system you choose from below.

Bossard Code

With this system, data is recorded with a barcode reader and sent to Bossard. Then, Bossard takes care of the replenishment of your product for you.

Do you go through certain parts quite frequently? That is where Bossard’s 2Bin system comes in.

Bossard 2Bin

You can get two standard bins for all of your parts or whatever parts you need. These bins are arranged one behind the other, so when you use up the first one, you just start using the second one. In the meantime, Bossard will collect your empty bins and refill them at regular intervals.

There are various options and various levels of Bossard’s Smart Factory Logistics. You can start small or go big, but either way you will get the Proven Productivity from Bossard. If you have questions about which parts of Smart Factory Logistics will work best for you, contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.


March 24, 2017
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Bossard Online Calculators

bossard online calculators

Bossard takes pride in living up to our “Proven Productivity” name, which is why we have made the design process even easier for you. It can be difficult to start a project when measurements aren’t all universal. Our calculators and converters are designed for engineers, technicians, designers and students involved in the development and assembly of bolted joint.

Here on our website, we have various free calculators and converters for you to take advantage of. There are even more if you create a username and password.

With our online converters, you can convert different units of measure to make your design process quick and easy. Check out our calculators on our website, Bossard.com, and be sure to download the Bossard Fastener Calculator in the App Store.

There are three calculators available to you through our website and app.

Cost Savings Calculator – You can calculate direct savings by reducing the number of different fasteners. Check out our blog on TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and Fastening to learn more about the costs that go into engineering and producing fasteners.

Torque and Preload Calculator – It’s important to know the parameters to successfully work with screws and bolts. The calculations are essential in assembly and joints.

Thread Engagement Length Calculator – The proper design for nuts and bolts is crucial for successful results. Use this calculator to for concise measurements for through hole and blind hole fasteners.

Explore Bossard.com and find calculators for design and production, technical design, and online converters.

Trying to get the proper measurements for an upcoming project? Contact us anytime at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com with questions and concerns—we have you covered. We want to make sure our customers have the best experience with our products and services. For frequent updates and useful information about Bossard, please subscribe to our blog.


October 07, 2016
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The 4th Industrial Revolution: Smart Factory Logistics

industrial revolution 4.0

You may not know it, but we are now in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The 1st Industrial Revolution occurred when we harnessed water and steam power to mechanize production. The 2nd was electric power to create mass production, and the 3rd used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now, the 4th is occurring and it is giving us Smart Factories.

Bossard has developed a Smart Factory Logistics methodology that is helping to bring us into the 4th Industrial Revolution. This methodology will help meet customer needs and also make production leaner and more agile. Bossard has three specific solutions to make factories smarter:

  1. Intelligent systems communicate along the supply chain – We have technology like SmartBin or SmartLabel that communicates the current demand from the warehouse with integrated weight sensors. That way you can have exactly what you need!
  2. Customer-specific solutions for all needs – The Smart Factory Logistics approach includes a comprehensive logistics management analysis of delivery, supplier consolidation, operation and maintenance, and even encompasses strategic customer consultation.
  3. Big data software creates transparency – Bossard has their very own supply chain collaboration software ARIMS. This software collects and delivers data on a large scale to create transparency and bring the customer closer to the process.

Take on the 4th Industrial Revolution with Bossard and Smart Factory Logistics! To learn more about how to make your factory smarter, contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com or visit the Bossard microsite www.smartfactorylogistics.com.


September 02, 2016
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The 5 Immediate Benefits of Smart Factory Logistics

5 benefits of smart factory logistics

Simply put, the better and smarter your factory is, the more you will succeed in the market. That is why we have developed Smart Factory logistics, to help you improve your factory and get it where it needs to be. Smart Factory Logistics will create agile production in a fraction of the amount of time to save you money. Still not sure? Check out the benefits you will see immediately below!

  1. Leaner Process – Your process will become leaner because you will save on order management and reduce material handling cost.
  2. Maximum Flexibility – Smart Factory Logistics Systems are designed to be compatible with different manufacturing environments and setups, so we can prioritize your needs and your operations.
  3. Increased Agility – We use advance embedded sensors technology to recognize your manufacturing demands. This allows us to respond quickly and accurately to fill your needs.
  4. Improved Predictability – Our ARIMS application software helps us to uncover patterns so we can serve you better in the long run.
  5. Proven Productivity – We are focused on execution and results. To improve those, we have value-stream-mapping methodology to show our productivity improvement.

Smart Factory Logistics will benefit your factory immediately. The proof is in the productivity, but signing up is up to you. Contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com to start the conversation.


August 12, 2016
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