Metal Spinning | The Advantages and Disadvantages

Metal Spinning | The Advantages and Disadvantages

Many businesses and consumers are often stunned when asked about Metal Spinning. Regularly we hear “What is Metal Spinning?” or “How can Metal Spinning benefit my Business?” This blog post aims to address these questions, the first in brief, the second in a little more detail by highlighting the advantages and then the disadvantages.

Metal Spinning, sometimes called Metal Forming, is a unique process we like to refer to as an ‘art’. It’s been used since the time of Ancient Egypt and has advanced with technology to fulfil the needs and requirements of modern industries of today. The process itself requires a sheet metal disc, rotating at high Rotations per minute (RPM) and is formed over a tool, usually made from a Metal or Wood, to create the desired shape. For a more detailed post on Metal Spinning read The Ultimate Guide to Metal Spinning.

Metal Spinning is widely used in industries from lampshade design displayed in retail outlets to components for military use in the Defence Industry. And there are many advantages when choosing a metal spinner to supply components for your business.There are many advantages your business can benefit from when choosing to use a Metal Spinning company such as ours, to supply components for your supply chain. These include the following;

Economically Efficient

  • The Metal spinning process produces less waste and is considered the most conservative metal forming process with materials in comparison to forging, stamping, casting etc. This is because the metal spinning process uses the entire sheet metal disc. The waste product of the metal itself occurs during the cutting stage (to produce the metal disc from sheet metal), Cutting (during the spinning process) and Deburring. The leftover metal scraps, however, are then sent off to be recycled and therefore reused.
  • If your business values an Economically Efficient supply chain, then you should consider using a Metal Spinning business. Especially as the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) are now being incorporated into many businesses.

Cost Efficient

  • Tooling costs are low, this is because tools can be crafted in relation to the life expectancy of the job function it is designed for. For example, if you were to order a one-off order, we would produce the tool out of wood. For long life orders, the tool would be produced using hardened D2 steel. This is more expensive than a wooden tool, but your business will save more money on tooling costs with a one-off purchase. The alternative would be to purchase numerous wooden tools which would not be cost effective.
  • We provide tool storage as part of our service for up to one year of the last order. This further saves costs and time when it comes to your next order for long-term orders.
  • In comparison to conventional casting and stamping, Metal Spinning is much less costly due to the simplicity behind tooling. Furthermore, the fabrication processes within Excell that compliment Metal Spinning further saves costs, providing a complete manufacturing solution to your metal spinning needs.

Flexibility

  • Changes to the design can be easily made, and linking back to the previous advantage, makes choosing Metal Spinning much more cost effective. During the product development stage, often we find businesses want to change and reduce the size of a component. By reducing the Tool size in-house it takes away the need to start again, saving time and therefore money.
  • This also makes Metal Spinning an ideal choice for a Prototype design.

Short Lead Times

  • The Metal Spinning process is not only cost-effective and economically efficient, it’s also very quick. The short lead times mean that small to medium batch quantities can be produced within a matter of days. For large batch quantities, numbering the thousands, we generally give a minimum of three weeks. This, partnered with low in-house tooling makes Metal Spinning very efficient for your supply chain.

Improved Material Properties

  • Repeated passes during the Metal Spinning process over the material also serves to an advantage. This is because it hardens the materials and therefore, you can take advantage of less costly, lighter materials for your components (depending on the application you wish to use the component for).

Excell Metal Spinning has over 150 years of combined experience within metal spinning and has one of the largest hand spinning departments in the UK.It wouldn’t be fair to explain only the benefits of Metal Spinning. We understand the need to weigh up the cons and therefore have listed the disadvantages of using Metal Spinning in your supply chain. These are as follows;

Snarl

  • Sometimes, the Metal Spinning process can leave a small indent or imperfections on the surface of the component. This may not suit your application should you find a component has slipped through quality control.
  • We avoid this by training our staff and abiding by a strict Quality Control Regime in accordance to ISO 9001:2015 and BSI Quality Management Systems. This is to ensure that standards are met and quality remains high for our customers.

Consistency

  • With Metal Spinning, it can be hard to keep the spinning conditions constant. Along the way, spinning tools heat up and expand and other various factors affect the time. Therefore, the operator must adjust to these conditions. On a Computer Numerically Controlled Lathe (CNC) this is often a simple case of tweaking the offsets.

Ovality

  • With Metal Spinning, ovality is a regularity. This is because the spinning tool hits only one side of the metal disc. When pulling away the spinning tool, the component would not have completed the last full cycle and therefore deviates slightly from its circularity. Although often this is 0.5mm, for some businesses, this may not be acceptable.

So there you have it, the advantages and disadvantages of Metal Spinning all in one location. Don’t forget to Contact Us should you have any further queries regarding your Metal Spinning needs. You can also be a part of our community by following our social media accounts @ExcellMetalSpin on Twitter and @excellmetalspinning on Instagram.

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Excell Metal Spinning | Christmas Shutdown 2018

Excell Metal Spinning | Christmas Shutdown 2018

Excell Metal Spinning | Christmas Shutdown 2018!

It’s arriving ever nearer, as we put up our Christmas trees, our decorations and purchase gifts for friends and family. It also means our Christmas Shutdown period is fast approaching, and so we thought we’d share some important information regarding when we close down and when we arrive in the New Year.

 

We will be away from the 21st December 2018 this coming December and kick start the New year with eager anticipation on January 2nd 2019! During this period, you can still send us in your Christmas wishlist (Quotes and correspondence) and we will get straight to work in the beginning of the New Year.

Should you have any concerns regarding this information, send us a quick email or telephone call and our elves supportive members of the Excell team will be more than happy to help! Get Social with us in the mean time by following our Twitter @ExcellMetalSpin and Instagram @excellmetalspinning as we share all of the latest industry news, offers and more. Don’t forget to send us in pictures of where our Spinnings have featured!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The Excell Team

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5 Things That Are Made From Spun Metal

5 Things That Are Made From Spun Metal

4 Things That Are Made From Spun Metal

Can You Guess?

The William Hill World Darts Championship Trophy

The William Hill World Darts Championship Trophy” First on our list is the William Hill World Darts Championship Trophy. The Globe piece is a prime example of a Metal Spinning spun by our specialist Spinners here at Excell.

The initial trophy was designed by Miker Shorer Jewellery who approached us to help craft the globe piece of the Trophy itself. You can read more on its background via the case study.

The 25th World Darts Championship took place late December 2017 – January 2018 and was won by Rob Cross defeating Phil Taylor 7-2 in the final with the prize money for the tournament a record high of £1.8m, with the winner receiving £400,000.

War Memorial Restoration

War Memorial Restoration for WW2 Muslim War dead. We took part in the restoration of a World War One Muslim war dead memorial site, more specifically the Finial design. Although complex in design, requiring nine different tools to achieve the desired design it was famous for, we managed to complete it, and within the deadline given.

You can read more about it here.

The BBC featured this on their programme, check out the video here

Assembly Room Lampshades

 Assembly Rooms Lampshades featured in Nando’s In Nando’s you might have observed their lampshades, but you may be too busy getting stuck into your dinner to notice.

But they were actually produced and Spun by our metal spinners after receiving a bespoke order from Assembly Rooms, a London based design studio who have an award winning Interior Design practice which has been running since 2003.

You will recognise that these lampshades have also featured on our social media platforms such as our Instagram page @excellmetalspinning along with other designs. You can read all about it here in our case study. Metal Spinnings are a common sight, from basic utensils to components in engine parts We produce the lampshades currently featuring in some of River Island’s retail outlet upon receiving a job order from Prolight Design. You can still see them in London like the ones in the image provided.

Cambridge Clock Pendulum

The Ball piece pendulum for the famed Cambridge Clock, found at street level on the outside of the Taylor Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, is also one of many Spinnings we produced here at Excell. The Corpus clock was unveiled in September 2008 by Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking and was Time’s Best inventions of 2008 These are but to name a few of the many projects that we have taken part in. What Metal Spinnings can you see around you? Take a photo and send it to us on twitter tagging us @ExcellMetalSpin and include the #ExcellInsights

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Automated (CNC) Vs Manual Metal Spinning: The advantages and disadvantages

Automated (CNC) Vs Manual Metal Spinning: The advantages and disadvantages

Many businesses and consumers are often stunned when asked about Metal Spinning. Regularly we hear “What is Metal Spinning?” or “How can Metal Spinning benefit my Business?” This blog post aims to address these questions, the first in brief, the second in a little more detail by highlighting the advantages and then the disadvantages.

Metal Spinning, sometimes called Metal Forming, is a unique process we like to refer to as an ‘art’. It’s been used since the time of Ancient Egypt and has advanced with technology to fulfil the needs and requirements of modern industries of today. The process itself requires a sheet metal disc, rotating at high Rotations per minute (RPM) and is formed over a tool, usually made from a Metal or Wood, to create the desired shape. For a more detailed post on Metal Spinning read The Ultimate Guide to Metal Spinning.

Metal Spinning is widely used in industries from lampshade design displayed in retail outlets to components for military use in the Defence Industry. And there are many advantages when choosing a metal spinner to supply components for your business.There are many advantages your business can benefit from when choosing to use a Metal Spinning company such as ours, to supply components for your supply chain. These include the following;

Economically Efficient

  • The Metal spinning process produces less waste and is considered the most conservative metal forming process with materials in comparison to forging, stamping, casting etc. This is because the metal spinning process uses the entire sheet metal disc. The waste product of the metal itself occurs during the cutting stage (to produce the metal disc from sheet metal), Cutting (during the spinning process) and Deburring. The leftover metal scraps, however, are then sent off to be recycled and therefore reused.
  • If your business values an Economically Efficient supply chain, then you should consider using a Metal Spinning business. Especially as the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) are now being incorporated into many businesses.

Cost Efficient

  • Tooling costs are low, this is because tools can be crafted in relation to the life expectancy of the job function it is designed for. For example, if you were to order a one-off order, we would produce the tool out of wood. For long life orders, the tool would be produced using hardened D2 steel. This is more expensive than a wooden tool, but your business will save more money on tooling costs with a one-off purchase. The alternative would be to purchase numerous wooden tools which would not be cost effective.
  • We provide tool storage as part of our service for up to one year of the last order. This further saves costs and time when it comes to your next order for long-term orders.
  • In comparison to conventional casting and stamping, Metal Spinning is much less costly due to the simplicity behind tooling. Furthermore, the fabrication processes within Excell that compliment Metal Spinning further saves costs, providing a complete manufacturing solution to your metal spinning needs.

Flexibility

  • Changes to the design can be easily made, and linking back to the previous advantage, makes choosing Metal Spinning much more cost effective. During the product development stage, often we find businesses want to change and reduce the size of a component. By reducing the Tool size in-house it takes away the need to start again, saving time and therefore money.
  • This also makes Metal Spinning an ideal choice for a Prototype design.

Short Lead Times

  • The Metal Spinning process is not only cost-effective and economically efficient, it’s also very quick. The short lead times mean that small to medium batch quantities can be produced within a matter of days. For large batch quantities, numbering the thousands, we generally give a minimum of three weeks. This, partnered with low in-house tooling makes Metal Spinning very efficient for your supply chain.

Improved Material Properties

  • Repeated passes during the Metal Spinning process over the material also serves to an advantage. This is because it hardens the materials and therefore, you can take advantage of less costly, lighter materials for your components (depending on the application you wish to use the component for).

Excell Metal Spinning has over 150 years of combined experience within metal spinning and has one of the largest hand spinning departments in the UK.It wouldn’t be fair to explain only the benefits of Metal Spinning. We understand the need to weigh up the cons and therefore have listed the disadvantages of using Metal Spinning in your supply chain. These are as follows;

Snarl

  • Sometimes, the Metal Spinning process can leave a small indent or imperfections on the surface of the component. This may not suit your application should you find a component has slipped through quality control.
  • We avoid this by training our staff and abiding by a strict Quality Control Regime in accordance to ISO 9001:2015 and BSI Quality Management Systems. This is to ensure that standards are met and quality remains high for our customers.

Consistency

  • With Metal Spinning, it can be hard to keep the spinning conditions constant. Along the way, spinning tools heat up and expand and other various factors affect the time. Therefore, the operator must adjust to these conditions. On a Computer Numerically Controlled Lathe (CNC) this is often a simple case of tweaking the offsets.

Ovality

  • With Metal Spinning, ovality is a regularity. This is because the spinning tool hits only one side of the metal disc. When pulling away the spinning tool, the component would not have completed the last full cycle and therefore deviates slightly from its circularity. Although often this is 0.5mm, for some businesses, this may not be acceptable.

So there you have it, the advantages and disadvantages of Metal Spinning all in one location. Don’t forget to Contact Us should you have any further queries regarding your Metal Spinning needs. You can also be a part of our community by following our social media accounts @ExcellMetalSpin on Twitter and @excellmetalspinning on Instagram.

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Excell’s Material Guide: All you need to know

Excell’s Material Guide: All you need to know

Excell Metal Spinning’s Material Guide:

All our material capabilities all in one place

This is in an update on our previous material guide dated 2016. This material guide will help you understand our capabilities as a metal spinning business and will help you in your decision making for future projects within your business.

It is important to understand that there are a number of limiting factors which can have an affect on your required dimension. A common example involves certain material thickness resulting in varying limitations with regards to the dimensions of component or finished piece. The diameter can also in turn have limitation on the thickness of the material. Another limiting factor is the material choice itself which will affect both the dimensions and thickness.

Below is a list of materials with their assigned minimum and maximum Diameters and Thicknesses that can be successfully spun within our factory.

MaterialMinimum Diameter (mm)Maximum Diameter (mm)Minimum Thickness (mm)Maximum Thickness (mm)
Aerospace Grade Alloys3022210.91
Aluminium3022210.96
Brass3022210.93
Copper3022210.92.5
Galvanised Steel3022210.74
Hastelloy3022210.91
Inconel3022210.91
Marine Grade Alloys3022210.91
Mild Steel CR43022210.76
Monel3022210.91
Titanium3022210.91
304 Grade Stainless Steel3022210.94
316 Grade Stainless Steel3022210.94
4003 Grade Stainless Steel3022210.94

Understanding these properties will help determine which material is best suited for a specific design. This material guide will help you understand our capabilities as a metal spinning business.

Aluminium – Positives and Negatives

PositivesNegatives
Oxidises quickly creating resistance to corrosion by air, water and chemicals.Requires specialised processes in order to be welded
Easily coloured by anodising and holds paint very well.It is abrasive to tooling
Better conductor of Electricity than copper.It is expensive, even more than steel.
RecyclableProne to severe spring back.
Has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal. 
Great choice for applications avoiding magnetism. 
Lightweight, lighter than steel. 
Inexpensive to Ship 
More Economical than Brass or Steel 

Brass – Advantages and Disadvantages

PositivesNegatives
Its durable. It is an alloy of Copper and ZincBrass with high zinc content is often hard and brittle.
ResilientIf higher copper content it will be susceptible to corrosion.
Great for heavy-duty use.Not as good an electrical conductor as Copper
Can withstand high temperaturesLow melting point
Versatile 
More malleable than Steel or Iron, easily machined 
Good electrical conductor 
Flexible, its properties can be changed when aluminium is added for example 

Copper – Advantages and Disadvantages

PositivesNegatives
High Electrical ConductivityExpensive
High Thermal ConductivityLoses its colour easily due to heating
Great for electrical componentsEasily scratched
Very ductile and malleableCorrodes at a negligible rate in air, water and deaerated acids
High corrosion resistance 
Intrinsic strength 

Galvanised steel – advantages and disadvantages

PositivesNegatives
Sustainable and recyclableDangerous in pipes as it can leech led
Corrosion ResistanceHigh initial costs
Less maintenance – no shrinking or cracking 
Longevity 
Rust Free 

Mild Steel CR1 + CR4 – advantages and disadvantages

PositivesNegatives
Readily availableLow strength-to-weight ratio
Easy to machineRusts
Easy to weldCannot be improved via heat treatment
Low costsLow corrosion resistance

Has this material guide helped? Be sure to share this article with friends and colleagues and let us know your thoughts on twitter by tagging us @ExcellMetalSpin with the hashtag #ExcellInsights. The best tweets will be retweeted to our 7,000+ followers!

Next week we will look into Automated CNC vs Manual methods of manufacturing, especially within Metal Spinning. What’s your preference? Find out next week!

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The Ultimate How To Guide To Metal Spinning

The Ultimate How-To Guide to metal spinning 

What Is Metal Spinning

Metal Spinning is a craft dating back to the years of Ancient Egypt and has considerably developed over the years since the introduction of automated machinery such as the Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Spinning lathes. The introduction of such machinery has revolutionised the Industry and it is already paving the way for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the Internet of Things (IOT).

However, only a few people actually know how to metal spin in the UK, let alone know what metal spinning actually is and the applications it is used within. Over the next four weeks, we aim to address these questions and bust the myths around this ancient craft. Today, we will provide you with a tutorial on how to manually metal spin!

Health and Safety Checks and Equipment Checks

First and foremost, you must ensure you wear the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in accordance with government legislation of Health and Safety at Work act (HASAWA) 1974. These include wearing correct clothing such as overalls, gloves, steel toe-capped boots, ear protection and eye protection. This is because metal spinning sheet metal discs can generate a lot of heat and swarf material.

Second, and most obvious to some, you will need a manual spinning lathe, which is not to be confused with a turning lathe! If you already have one, great! If not, these can be quite expensive but If you have the money to afford such a lathe you can often find many for sale from independent sellers / businesses online.

Thirdly, you should ensure you have enough room and that you are safely away any person/people, that the floor around you has no trip hazards and that you have spinning tools! These are fundamental for metal spinners as this allows them to form the sheet metal disc around the tool to create the desired shape with its desired dimensions.

With these checked, you can proceed to metal spin! So, you are fully prepared, you are wearing the correct PPE, you have purchased your spinning tools and manual spinning lathe, you are complying with HASAWA 1974. You must now load on your desired tool that you wish to form the sheet metal disc around. The next step is to turn the Manual spinning lathe on and set your desired speed preference. In the video below, we demonstrate this on a Wilson Spinning lathe. The speed preferences vary with each metal spinner based on their confidence and skill levels.

Step two requires the blank to be “true”. In short, this involves a slight release of the Tailstock to Free the Blank enough to allow the back stick to move the blank. A metal spinner would be able to perform this through use of touch and sight. As you gain more experience over time, you will be able identify when the sheet metal blank/disc is true and dead centre. Be sure to watch the video demonstration to observe how our metal spinners perform this. Once the blank is ‘true’, the Tailstock needs to be cranked up in order to clamp the blank against the metal former / tool of the desired shape and size.

Step 4 – The Spinning Tools and how to use them

 

Manual Spinning tools are crafted in accordance with a metal spinner’s preference. There are many spinning tools on the market, some better than others, but all have similarities to the desired performance to form blanks over the loaded tool. As you can see in the video, our Metal Spinner moves the spinning tool in the shape of an arc. The arc shape is large at the start of the spinning process of forming the blank. It gradually shrinks as the spinning tool presses against the loaded tool/mold. The operator is in full control throughout the process and their skills determine how successful they are in performing this stage.

Cutting Tools

These are used on the metal disc towards the end of the spinning process. Often these are used to cut the inner circle and/or trim the metal piece to align with your desired dimensions. Our Metal Spinner demonstrates this in the video.

Cleaning

Step 5 – Cleaning Once you have finished the metal spinning process, the cleaning applications begin. The cleaning application is a standard uniform finish which is usually applied through the use of Scotch Brite Pads, Emery Cloths or a soft rag/mop.

Disclaimer:

Excell Metal Spinning has over 150 years of combined experience within metal spinning and has one of the largest hand spinning departments in the UK. We have undergone specialist training and abide by government health and safety legislation and regulation. We ask anyone new to metal spinning not to try this at home or within a workplace without the required training and health and safety checks required for metal spinning.

Next week we will show you a selection of materials and dimensions that we as a business are capable of spinning. If you want to inquire about our services or need the services of a metal spinner for your business or project, then obtain a FREE no obligatory quotation via our Contact Us page.

 

Why you should have a Siphon in your tool collection!

Why you should have a Siphon in your tool collection!

Here’s why you should always have a Siphon at hand!

 

What is a Siphon?

First of all, what is a Siphon exactly? As is often the case, many questions like this are asked. A Siphon is a tube used to convey liquid upwards from a reservoir and then down to a designated area, usually a bucket. This typically occurs by suction or immersion to create a ‘flow’ which can continue unaided.

A Jiggle Siphon is the same, the only difference is that a small metal valve, with a ball and/or spring inside is attached on the other end of the tube.  This helps the user create a continuous flow via jerking motions in the liquid without the user needing to suck the liquid up to create a flow. Therefore, providing a hygienic and safe alternative to basic siphons.

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Where can I purchase one?

We currently sell Premium jiggle / self priming siphons on Amazon and are proving very popular, especially considering we are the only sellers to make these in Britain. This, as well as conforming to ISO 9001 standards and BSI quality management systems, help enforce our reputation for high quality. Something not many sellers can ensure. And with the help of five star reviews on Amazon, we are selling out fast! 

Grab yours on Amazon by clicking here

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Excell on Amazon: Selling with innovation

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You might have spotted us recently on Amazon selling our 2m siphons for just £12.99 (which you can view via http://amazon.co.uk ). This is a big step for our team at Excell and for the industry as a whole.[/vc_column_text]

[mk_blockquote style=”line-style” font_family=”none” text_size=”16″ align=”left”]With numerous possibilities made in an ever changing political world, we’ve been looking at numerous ways to make it easier to not only sell in multiple markets around the world[/mk_blockquote]

[vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″] With numerous possibilities made in an ever changing political world, we’ve been looking at numerous ways to make it easier to not only sell in multiple markets around the world, but easier access for our loyal customer base through modernised E-commerce technology. Letts take a look at what this all means and how this will affect you… [/vc_column_text]

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[vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″] It all started in a garage in Seattle in 1995 by the infamous Jeff Bezos who kick started his vision of becoming the largest online book retailer in the world. But it became more than just an online bookstore as he developed his vision of amazon and expanded into multiple online marketplaces in 2000 and allowing the small and large businesses to sell on the newly formed Amazon seller. Over recent years, the retail giant has ploughed huge investment into projects such as Amazon Prime and the amazon Cloud drive. But Amazon’s success comes with a price as the company posts regular quarterly losses which has been a long concern with shareholders.[/vc_column_text]

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[vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]This is ultimately a big step for us at Excell Metal Spinning Ltd. As we look at new and innovative ways to expand and potentially implement and improve upon new E-commerce technology within our systems. It paves the way to modernising Metal Spinning, a niche industry within the UK that looks set for growth in an uncertain manufacturing industry in modern day England. [/vc_column_text]

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  • Access to multiple European marketplaces – meaning we don’t need to have a physical presence in Europe
  • We can sell to millions around the world whilst Amazon handles our deliveries for us – cutting time and money that can be used for investment and production within the business.
  • Our brand will be displayed to millions of shoppers who use Amazon.
  • We will have no product listing fees whilst having access to a system which grants us access to order reports and order related feeds.

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  • Products will now be easier to find – you want an Excell Siphon? Simple, type it into Amazon, Click and buy, it really is that simple
  • Exclusive discount and offers in the future – we will be looking at promotional offers on our products we’ll be selling on Amazon. This means that you could grab yourself a few bargains along the way!
  • Amazon Prime – You want that Siphon but don’t want to wait 1-3 weeks to receive it, well we have you covered as we use Amazon Prime’s one day delivery so that you get your order the next morning!
  • Top end quality and yet at competitive prices – We ensure to maintain high end quality whilst remaining competitive in our costings. £12.99 for our 2m Siphon that has been made in Britain had undergone multiple inspections and still one of the Cheapest on the market! Bargain!

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Reducing supply chain Breakdowns

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In the previous article, we looked into the problems companies face when supply chains breakdown from a number of factors. Understanding the problems of supply chain breakdowns paves the way to preventing them from occurring from the offset. If you haven’t already read this article, it’s never too late, simply click here. Within this post, we look at ways to prevent or prepare for supply chain disruptions which will minimise damage done to a business.

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There are many ways a company can prepare when there is a risk of supply chain breakdowns occurring within their organisation. A company can simply hold cash reserves and in most instances, top manufacturers hold supply-chain reserves. These include inventory, excess capacity and redundant suppliers.

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Companies prepare for delays by appropriately and economically placing and sizing their capacity and inventory reserves. They do this by maintaining flexible capacity in existing factories. In addition, they would also train team leaders on multiple work stations further avoiding the need to employ specific work roles and preventing future delays. Especially if workers have to be absent for any given reason.

Further Delays can be prevented by balancing capacity and inventory (depending on costs). Supplier delay risks and inventory costs can be reduced by holding lower value, high demand products as well as having capacity to assemble high value products.

Finally, combining inventory with different transport modes can prevent delays. High value products should sometimes be transported by air whilst lower value products should be shipped at low cost.

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Disruptions in a supply chain can cost businesses thousands if not handled correctly. But there are ways to prevent and/or prepare for them.
Building inventory can counter disruptions in material flow. However, holding inventory can be costly since it would only be used in the rare case of disruptions. As a result, holding reserves builds up costs within a company. Therefore, this preventive action should only be used in the confidence that disruptions are likely to occur within the supply chain. On the account of a disruption occurring however, costs would be minimised resulting in less damage to the business financially.

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Another strategy used, and one more opted for by manufacturers, is to use redundant suppliers. This is most effective for products with high holding costs and/or a high rate of obsolescence. By using multiple suppliers for components, a company can prepare for disruptions without building up fast-depreciating inventory. Furthermore, some companies preserve economies of scale by sourcing low volume products with a single supplier and multiple suppliers for high volume products.
With these methods put into place, damage will be significantly reduced when supply chains undergo delays and disruptions, or are at risk of one.

Problems in Supply Chain breakdowns

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From natural disasters to CNC faults, we take a look at the problems manufacturers face as a result of supply chain breakdowns. In order for businesses to avoid risk, a thorough understanding is required.

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Risks are often difficult to avoid and are usually caused by interconnected individuals. This is partly due to actions making situations worse. For example, reducing capacity decreases over forecasting, however, it increases the impact of supply chain disruption. On the other hand, actions taken by one company in the supply chain can increase risk for other participating companies and so on.

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Major problems can result from minor risks causing a change in flow due to delays and disruptions. These vary from short to long term, frequent and infrequent. Furthermore, simple delays can be minor problems, but a supplier holding up supply can be a huge problem. However, there are ways to avoid risks becoming big problems.

Many companies produce plans (see previous blog post ‘5 ways to reduce manufacturing downtime’) to protect against recurrent, low impact risks. An example of which includes rejects due to bad quality perceived as a low risk, whereas an earthquake is a huge one.

Many large manufacturers resolve these problems by holding reserved. These include;

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• Excess inventory
• Excess capacity
• Redundant suppliers

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Risk mitigation is also another method adopted by companies to avoid risk. This involves intelligently positioning and sizing supply chain reserves without decreasing profits. However, if undisciplined, reserves can drive up costs and hurt the bottom line. Managers must therefore attain the highest achieving profits for varying levels of the supply chain. Success thus requires a good understanding of supply chain risks and remedies, both broad and tailored to the manager’s own company

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Delays often happen when suppliers cannot respond to changes in demand. On the other hand, delays could be a direct result of poor quality, high levels of inspection during border crossings or changing transportation methods. If delays are frequent, a mitigation strategy based on past information can help. In addition, it can help organisations avoid delays altogether. One way it can help do this is by simply having excess flexible capacity within the supply chain.

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Finally, disruptions occur to material flows anywhere in the supply chain. These are unpredictable and rare but damaging nonetheless. For example, a natural disaster such as an Earthquake or a Hurricane. Labour strikes, fires and terrorism have all been known to have halted the flow of materials. A recent example occurred in one of Audi’s factories that suffered from a fire. In turn, it has led to a parts shortage halting the production of Audi A4s and A5s.