Integrated Supply Chain Partner

What is a Supply Chain ?

Complex manufactured goods such as appliances, automobiles and computers are made from a multitude of parts.  Typically, the manufacturers of these items purchase their raw materials and components from other manufacturers.  Some of these supplier manufacturers may even purchase materials from other suppliers to create the part they are supplying to the initial manufacturer of the appliance, car or computer.  This relationship of suppliers to manufacturers is known as a Supply Chain.

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How Does a Supply Chain become Integrated ?

Manufacturers and suppliers will form relationships and create contracts with suppliers to lock in costs of parts and materials, establish quantities required for a set period of production time and ensure deliveries of the materials on a prescribed timeline to maintain required stock for production flow without incurring any overstock to the manufacturer.  These contracted relationships become an Integrated Supply Chain.

As a Supply Chain Partner, LEM recognizes that the technical requirements for a product are accompanied by the practical needs of a customer, and is uniquely positioned to meet both categories of demand.

The Company’s leadership and staff are comprised of industry experts in the design, engineering, and fabrication of materials for diverse applications, both established and emerging. An average tenure of over ten years among the LEM staff contributes depth to the existing breadth of knowledge at every level of the business.

Manufacturing and management processes adhere to best practices, including just-in-time production and the Six Sigma system. This combination of personnel and operations expertise makes LEM an efficient partner responding to the needs of customers in real time through fast turn production and low minimum order requirements. Moreover, the Company excels at providing updated design and engineering information to its distribution alliance partners, ensuring consistent compliance and performance in the field.

The majority of LEM’s existing customer base has relied on the Company to provide products and solutions for fifteen years or more. At the core of relationships such as these is LEM’s commitment to passing the benefits of efficient management and manufacturing on to its partners.

Users of identification and safety products, particularly in industries such as utilities and construction, where product needs tend to be extremely diverse and highly specific, are often handicapped by manufacturers with inflexible minimum order requirements, which forces excess inventory upon the customer and creates tension and waste. Studies of supply chain management have shown that production-inventory relationships between manufacturers and customers are dictated by three factors:

1. Customer demand;

2. Effectiveness of the production process and the subsequent transportation of goods; and

3. The inventory replenishment policy, by which customer demand is mapped into orders placed with the manufacturer.

Unnecessary minimum order requirements are often a reflection of inefficiencies in the channels of communication and production at the manufacturing level.

Given the number of challenges faced by users of identification and safety products in industries such as utilities and construction, solutions must originate at the planning and production level, where manufacturing and management strategies have the ability to heighten efficiency throughout the supply chain. In addition to quality and price point benefits, maximizing efficiency eliminates the waste associated with forced inventory, inconsistent and nonconforming products, and slow production and support response times. LEM implements an integrated framework of best practices in manufacturing, such as just-in-time (JIT) production and Kanban systems, as well as management, including Lean operations and Six Sigma.