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Complexity and hassle OR simplicity and efficiency

10-Sep-2014

 

Traditionally, OEMs have relied on multiple suppliers for products made from multiple parts. Cut-price suppliers require a ‘leap of faith’ and an experienced purchasing manager to place and monitor the orders. Some companies are completely dependent on suppliers they do not know and trust. Apart from leaving the business exposed to additional challenges, there is an added ‘unknown’ in the quality, logistics, storage & warehousing. Most importantly, the certainty of delivery is questionable, and there are no guarantees that the components will assemble as planned.

In an ideal world the OEM would have access to an Integrated Manufacturing Solution:

  • All components would be available from a single source that conforms to your requirements as well as Australian and international standards
  • The single source would be local and accountable for 100% of components and be industry benchmarking as ‘business-as usual’.

The ideal world is here. FountainLine now has a state-of-the art Swiss-built Bystronic fiber laser cutting machine which ensures procurement and logistic efficiency and accuracy.

The flexibility of the new technology allows for a broader range of materials including aluminium, copper and brass and improves the existing IMS process.

For a finished product, each component design is loaded and cut to order with lightning speed. The new machine is 60% faster reducing manufacturing lead times and ensuring on time delivery.

Product assembly is easily made on-time-every-time. All of which stops your procurement nightmare and skyrocketing costs.

Speed and accuracy

FountainLine IMS finished products can be made to order and delivered without complicated warehouse logistics, simply by using the FountainLine Integrated Manufacturing Solution (FountainLine IMS). All the steps in the manufacturing process are completed under-one roof and delivered to you complete — procurement is easier than ever before.

Stop putting your business in the hands of someone you don’t know or trust, come, meet the team, measure the quality in $-terms and see the difference.

  • Improved lead times
  • Reduced inventory cost
  • Design flexibility — adjusting as you go if required
  • Swiss-built laser accuracy
  • Investing in the future of manufacturing
Manufacturing has been in a state of transition for decades. Lower tariffs, changing technologies and the outsourcing of tasks to low-cost economies have adversely affected our industry. As the 21st century manufacturing industry evolves, there is a move away from heavy industrial manufacturing towards higher value-added, technologically advanced production. Sydney manufacturer FountainLine IMS has answered the call to dynamically address the local needs of Australian OEMs – a Sydney first.

Innovating on the Cheap

12-Jun-2012

FountainLine IMS can help you with product innovation, from design, prototyping through to delivery. See this inspirational article from Harvard Business Review.

Rain Bird is a unique business. But at the same time, it is like so many other businesses: Its product line is specialized—it makes sprinklers and other irrigation systems for lawns and gardens. To keep growing, it must continually introduce new offerings that appeal to consumers and excite retail channel buyers. And like most companies, Rain Bird has felt pressured to spend less on innovation in a down economy.

At the best of times, innovation investments can be painful. Typically, success rates are low, and returns on investment far from assured. The returns that do materialize, moreover, rarely do so in the short term. That makes innovation hard to justify when cash is tight—even when everyone knows it’s essential to the company’s long-term success.

How did it happen, then, that in 2010 Rain Bird was able to introduce a new product line, based on proprietary technology, and see an almost instant payback? Its Convert to Drip line, as it is called, enables a gardener to convert a portion of a watering… Read More