Our Logistical Goal
Consignment warehousing, individually tailored for our various customers, is another factor to take into account; the servicing and maintenance of such storage requires an expertise all its own. Above all, the skill here lies in open communication about the probable timing of supply-and-demand fluctuation and ensuring enough lead time when customers place orders. For complex production procedures, such as those with additional reheating stages and/or the possibility of quality control by (external) certification organization(s), the timing can prove to be a true challenge.
It goes without saying that unequivocally identifying the exact part needed on the warehouse shelves is another balancing act. Especially with unfinished castings, different variations of the same part can only be identified by an expert (or by hand with callipers). It is helpful when the casting itself is properly labelled, but it is far more helpful if identification does not end there – a systematically assigned tracking number that is both unique and firmly attached to the packaging is also indispensable. As our castings – both finished and unfinished – travel along their logistical pathway, information about their whereabouts is continually being transmitted along a parallel path. Before transport begins, the delivery information is sent to the receiver in the form of a advanced shipping notification (ASN), so that this information can be included in the logistical planning on the receiving end; this gives the receiver time before delivery, if necessary (such as with rush orders) to initiate any necessary processes and free up capacity for subsequent machining or installation of parts.