Minimizing Lead Times with Industry Leading Stocking Program



Customer: A fully automated, high-volume custom forge manufacturer in North America.
Industry: Railroad, oil and gas, mining, industrial machinery, gear, energy
Application: 5 Ajax Mechanical Presses

  • (3) 1000T Ajax Mechanical Presses
  • (1) 1300T, (1) 40MN
  • (1) 60MN

Problem: The lead time for a Clutch Pinion with special bore dimension & bearings, a critical component for all their Mechanical Presses, had a lead time of 26 weeks. With manufacturing schedules at capacity and booking rapidly; the customer was facing longer lead times and, and on all components has continued to increase.

Solution: Although Ajax/CECO/Erie Press typically stocks bearings, the customer elected to add these components to their dedicated stocking program to ensure they always had availability to their essential parts to keep their machines up and running. Enrolling in the stocking program to stock their bearings allowed them to avoid any times that Ajax/CECO/Erie Press was in between stock replacement.

The customer has the ability to order the parts they need, as they need them in accordance with their PM Program and budgetary planning. Ajax/CECO/Erie Press has the capability for immediate shipment of the critical components instead of waiting months and/or trying to break into the manufacturing schedule.

Purchasing their parts in the present allowed the customer to secure current pricing, eliminating the occurrence of additional inflation.

Ajax/CECO/Erie Press Advantage: The advantage of Ajax/CECO/Erie Press’ Industry Leading Stocking Program is that customers who enroll will have the opportunity to avoid the long lead times for critical components. This will minimize their unplanned downtime and allow them to get their equipment back online faster.

Working with the OEM of the machine is an enormous benefit to the customer in that the OEM has the original engineered design specifications for their equipment’s components which considers material hardness/softness and clearances to mating components, not just to ensure initial functionality but to make sure it is not just a temporary fix that will cause an ultimate catastrophic failure at some point in the remaining life of the equipment.