How Huron Automatic Screw Company Overcame Decreased Material Availability

Summary Huron Automatic Screw Company has been producing a part used in the drivetrain of Class 8 heavy-duty trucks for many years. There was only one type of steel to be used for this part’s production. The allowed steel material contained lead, which improved machinability. Demand for the parts increased and resulted in decreased availability of the leaded material. Huron Automatic Screw Company took the initiative to address the issue; testing alternative materials and finding a cost savings for both the distributor and end user. The Challenge Huron Automatic Screw Company has been producing a part used in the drivetrain of Class 8 heavy-duty trucks for many years. There are two variations of this product. There is a specific type of steel (41L40) used to produce this part. The steel material 41L40 contains lead to improve machinability. Demand of the parts began to increase, which coincided with decreased availability of the leaded 41L40 material. It was found that domestic suppliers were eliminating the manufacturing of materials containing lead and foreign suppliers were limiting its use, extending lead times to 4-6 months. Material sourcing became increasingly difficulty, solidifying the 41L40 availability issue. The Solution Huron Automatic Screw Company hypothesized that specifications [...]

By |2016-09-13T12:46:46+00:00September 13th, 2016|Huron Automatic Screw Company|Comments Off on How Huron Automatic Screw Company Overcame Decreased Material Availability
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