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This regular column from MetalForming magazine provides an inside look at the management styles and techniques of metal forming and fabricating company executives. We’ll share some of their philosophies, their daily challenges and how they face them, and offer additional insights. We hope that you find these interviews useful and can take away some ideas to use at your own company.
Want to be interviewed for this column? E-mail editorial director Brad Kuvin.
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Welcome to the newest recurring column in the MetalForming Business Edge
enewsletter, focused on safety and compliance issues that require the
consistent attention of metal forming and fabricating company
executives. This time we focus on:
series of blog posts from the safety and compliance consultants at KPA,
Lafayette, CO, addresses the Top 10 Manufacturing Safety Tips.
“Manufacturing compliance is no joke,” writes author Toby Graham, director of marketing at KPA. “Regulatory authorities such as the Occupational Health and Safety Administration are paying close attention to your safety program, just waiting to hit you with massive fines if they discover any issues…. Lucky for you, we have no shortage of tips for manufacturing health, safety and compliance.”
Tip One: Lock down your biggest risk areas, and Graham takes a deep dive
into five of the most common safety hazards in manufacturing, based on
the frequency of OSHA violations. In particular, a blog post specific
to lockout-tagout delves into some of the most common reasons why
violations occur; outlines the minimum procedures required; and makes no
bones about what companies stand to lose when violations occur.
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the correct type of lead that converts to a sale is a struggle for many
metal-manufacturing businesses. Lead generation means more than
collecting business cards at a tradeshow. Rather, it comprises a
multistep process that requires consistent execution in order to garner
If your company struggles to find the right type of leads, evaluate
whether you have fallen into one of the five pitfalls outlined in this
article posted recently to the website of MetalForming magazine. Among them:
Not viewing lead generation as a long-term strategy
Thinking that more leads mean more sales
Assigning lead-generation activities to the wrong person.
“Division of labor requires breaking down the sales process into separate tasks performed by those who are, or will become, specialized in each task,” the article stresses. “Don’t confuse account management with sales. Selling to current customers (farming) requires a different skill set than creating new business from nothing (hunting).”
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OESA recently released the results of its Q2 Automotive Supplier Barometer,
and the news is not good. The Supplier Barometer Index, intended to
gauge the perspectives of supplier executives on the market outlook and
the key industry topics of supply chain, globalization and
sustainability, fell from 62 in Q1 to 44 in Q2. The index is 6 points
below a neutral reading of 50 and marks the first net pessimistic
outlook since the first quarter of 2020.
“Pessimism is strongest amongst the largest suppliers…however, smaller suppliers have a neutral outlook at best,” notes the executive summary.
The 27-page report contains numerous charts and tables breaking out the
data by company revenue, types of raw materials used and more. One key
What is your greatest internal (non-supply chain) risk in meeting customer production requirements?
After labor availability (53 percent), inaccurate customer release schedules/volumes came in second place (21 percent).
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