Can you expand capacity to the point where you can keep up with OEM customers? If not, you better start pulling together a formal plan. OEM customers aren't going to wait around.
"It's getting to the point where we can't work with companies that don't have long-term capacity plans," said Warren Long, senior principal supplier development engineer, Oshkosh Corp., during the Strategic Sourcing session at The FABRICATOR's Leadership Summit (FLS) in Innisbrook, Fla., in late February.
It's not enough for a metal fabricator to keep up with more jobs coming through the door; a shop needs to be planning how it can address the need for additional capacity in an intelligent and organized manner.
The thing is that many metal fabricators simply assume additional capacity is related to equipment capacity. That's not necessarily true in some instances. (more...)