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Minimizing Inventory in Michigan, One Implementation at a Time
Based in Milford, Michigan, A.B. Heller is a full-function CNC machining facility, including grinding, honing and lapping capabilities. Since 1946, the company has developed into a global provider of precision-machined services, specializing in high-pressure hydraulic/flow control systems, close-tolerance milled, turned or finished components and assemblies from prototype through production. A.B Heller employs practices for the preservation of the environment and natural resources, and was certified to ISO 14001:2004 environmental standard in April 2014.
Before implementing Global Shop Solutions, most departments at A.B. Heller had their own databases, spreadsheets or standalone systems for storing data and tracking performance. In 2008, the company went live with Global Shop Solutions in an effort to integrate their system and ensure that every functional area worked off the same data. According to Ashish Patel, Director of Operations at A.B. Heller, not only has this helped accurately manage jobs, it has also assisted in minimizing inventory.
Patel strives to minimize materials on hand, while at the same time keeping a certain amount of raw materials in inventory to ensure its availability. “We couldn’t do this without Global Shop Solutions’ accurate inventories and auto purchasing features. Global Shop Solutions keeps our inventory lean while making sure we order enough material ahead of time for all our jobs.”