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Gain Efficiency with Edmonton Valve's Inventory Management System

Thu, May 03, 2018 @ 11:05 AM / by Katie Reid posted in Value Added Services, People, inventory

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Free up labour while easily tracking where parts are being used


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Fred Wedgewood, one of our mobile inventory truck drivers in the Edmonton area, shows off a Swagelok elbow in his Kenworth truck. If you want more information on our Inventory Management System and how we can partner this service with your business, contact us!

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Can you think of a few places you'd rather deploy your labour force than on managing your parts inventory? At the same time, maybe you aren't ready to go all in on a high-tech product like the Robocrib system?

Not to worry. Edmonton Valve & Fitting has you covered with our Inventory Management System.

Simple tools

Our Inventory Management System requires only a smart phone and a handheld scanner to get you started. All you need to do is scan the barcode on the bin each time you take a part. Whenever you want, you can generate reports detailing how many of each component you are using, and where they are being used.

We'll drive our mobile inventory truck to your site on a regular basis and fill all the bins with the components you need. It's a dual-axle Kenworth truck, so you don't have to worry about us bringing enough to replenish your supply.

When the restocking order has been processed, our drivers are able to generate a priced packing slip on the spot and electronically send the information back to Edmonton Valve. This system reduces errors, saves time, and leaves the customer knowing exactly what they have received.

We can track what you are using and make sure you get timely refills.

Good for secure sites

Our inventory management system is a good option for locations where you don't have customers or contractors walking through the site, and you can operate it on the honor system.

In a fab shop, for instance, you don't have to wait for workers to tell you afterward what parts they have used. Just call up the ID number of the job, and you have an instant bill of materials.

This system is not product dependent. As long as the part has a bar code, you can track it.

We'll be glad to tell you more. Send us a note through our website or call us at 780-437-0640.


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Our VIP Program Quantifies Our Extra Services

Thu, Jan 25, 2018 @ 08:01 AM / by Alecia Robinson posted in Value Added Services, Cost Savings, inventory

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Value Impact Partnerships make it clear what our customers save each year


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Edmonton Valve's mobile warehouse is just one of the many ways we are providing our customers with cost savings. The VIP program is a tool used to showcase the many cost savings we provide our customers.

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For the past several years we have been offering a special kind of VIP Program to many of our customers. The letters stand for Value Impact Partnership, a way to show how Edmonton Valve & Fitting has evolved from a component supplier to a solutions provider and, most importantly, a valued business partner with our customers.

Extra service

Over the course of a year, we can provide services that help customers save time and money. For example, we often provide inventory management services at no extra charge. That means we may go to a customer once a month and check what they need for inventory, draw up an order and have the products delivered. This frees the customer's warehouse staff to do other work, and eliminates freight charges.

Our VIP program also includes:

  • Supply chain efficiencies: The best parts are only the best parts if you have them when you need them. Edmonton Valve & Fitting makes sure you get them on time with solutions such as our mobile warehouse.
  • Procurement enhancements.
  • Energy management, field engineering and custom solutions services.
  • Specialized training programs, safety installation, safe product selection, industry experts and seminars. Swagelok experts are glad to show you and your staff the latest developments in fluid system technologies, on site or online.
  • Product evaluations, substitutions, fitting reclamation, and assistance with sourcing non-Swagelok products.

It adds up

It is not uncommon for us to perform more than 100 value-added events each year for a single customer. The cumulative savings can become substantial. While the savings will vary from company to company, they typically are more than 25 percent of what the customer spends with us each year.

That's what the VIP program tracks. We quantify those savings in a report. Usually we do it once a year, but we have recently automated many of our processes so that we can quickly gather information and report out savings whenever anyone wants to take a snapshot part way through the year.

Large and small

VIP is not just for large customers. Many smaller companies take advantage of our value added programs.

This year we ran 129 VIP reports, covering more than half of our yearly business. Many of these reports cover several customers plant or branch locations, which in itself is a benefit. Many of our customers are not aware of the extra services we are providing throughout their sites. Our VIP reports help them see what we do at multiple levels, giving them a greater awareness of the savings that are generated in various customer departments.

Would it make sense for your company to take part in our VIP program? Find out by calling 780.437.0640, or contacting us through our website


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Put Your Mind At Ease With Vendor Managed Inventory

Tue, Feb 21, 2017 @ 08:02 AM / by Alecia Robinson posted in inventory, Value Added Services, Cost Savings

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We'll replenish your inventory as needed, and we won't charge for shipping it to your site 


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Our Vendor Managed Inventory services bring Swagelok product right to site to save you time and money. Edmonton Valve & Fitting will count, order and replenish your stock to free up time for your staff to work on revenue generating tasks. To request more information click the link below.

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Tracking inventory can be a pain. The counting, the ordering, the restocking, the frustration of not always knowing who grabbed the parts and where they were used.

To save you the hassle let Edmonton Valve & Fitting take care of it with our Vendor Managed Inventory service. We count the stock, figure out what's needed to replenish it, place the order, bring the stock to your location and put it away.

How it works

Give us a couple of weeks of lead time, and we'll send someone to your site to set up your VMI. We'll start by asking you if you have a preset minimum or maximum you prefer for your stock. We'll create a spreadsheet that lists each part, and ask you how often you'd like our inventory truck to stop by. Right now we're visiting customers anywhere from weekly to once every six weeks. Depending on where you are located, we may be able to add your company to one of the routes our truck regularly makes. You'll know exactly when to expect our driver to roll up.

As time goes by, you may realize you need us to visit less often (or more often) than originally thought. We may switch to coming once a month instead of every two weeks. Or perhaps we'll need to bump up the inventory level a bit. Even if you don't make a special request, we'll make a complete review of your parts levels once a year. Maybe you aren't using one part as much as you thought, but you need us to deliver more of another part. We're glad to do it.

And twice a year we'll count your stock to make sure your inventory is where you want it to be. If it's low, we'll adjust to make up the difference.

Free shipping

One of the best perks of being a VMI customer is that you don't pay for shipping on replenishing orders. Sending our truck to your location is no charge to you! For customers that live a few hours from Edmonton or one of our satellite offices, that can save $40 or $50 on a shipment.

We also can save you money by making the deliveries on a single purchase order for the year. Typically a purchase order costs a company about $70 when you figure in the manpower for accounting and other related tasks. Why cut a separate P.O. for each visit?

The parts themselves can be as small as our standard tube fitting or as large as bundles of 20-foot tubing.

Robocrib combo

We can also combine our Vendor Managed Inventory with our RoboCrib industrial vending machine. The configurable machines come in several different sizes so facilities can store 500, 1000, or 2,000 parts. The largest of the three dispensers has a footprint of only six feet by six feet.

This can be a lifesaver if you have been losing track of parts. Sure, they're being put to use somewhere, but who took them out of the parts drawer, and for what? If it's for a customer order, and you can't prove that a part was used, you may not be able to charge the customer for it.

With RoboCrib, each person who wants a part has to sign in and say what job the part is for.

Inventory can't get much easier than when you let Edmonton Valve & Fitting handle the job. Contact us through our website or by calling 780-437-0640, and we can get you started.

 


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Edmonton Valve at Your Service: More than Just Parts (Cont’d).

Thu, May 07, 2015 @ 13:05 PM / by Katie Dennis posted in Value Added Services, inventory, People

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Our six major services will help you get the most out of your Swagelok products


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We offer a variety of training and specialty training courses throughout the year. Monthly, we host a full-day "Tube Bending & Safety Installaion" class and this September we are hosting two, two-day "Sampling System Problem Solving & Maintenance Training" courses.

 


We are continuing to look at six of our major service offerings that can help you get top performance from Swagelok parts and from your fluid system in general.

Supply chain management

You don't have to place each order with us and wait for delivery. We can set you up with a consignment account, where we put our stock on your shelves. We don't bill you for it until you use it. That reduces your cost and your risk, while still having parts available right away.

But maybe you don't want to have a lot of parts/inventory taking up space?  We have a solution for that too, our "just-in-time" delivery process when we schedule delivery when you need it. And in the rarest of circumstances, we've even met people at the side of the highway at dawn to hand off parts.

In between those two options is our Vendor Managed Inventory truck. We'll drive out to your site, check the levels in stock, and figure out what you need. After a quick visit to your procurement office, we'll pick the parts from the truck and stock your shelves.

Swagelok training and education

Swagelok parts must be properly installed and maintained to perform at their best. We regularly offer a variety of training formats to sharpen your skills. In addition to our in-house associates, we bring industry leaders from around the globe to Edmonton for special sessions, including this September's Sample System Maintenance & Problem Solving course.

You can get Swagelok training without even leaving your desk. Through Swagelok University, we offer more than 100 interactive, online courses. Topics include general technical, scientific fundamentals, plant science, industry-specific content, and product information. You can even monitor your own progress through online testing and tracking.

And if it works better for you, we can even bring the training and product demos right to your sight.  Think of it as your own private trade show!

Plant maintenance

Swagelok Energy Advisors can show you how to get top performance from your fluid system. SEA provides engineering, audits, project management, and training programs focused on strengthening in-plant fluid system assessments. Even something as simple as a leak in your compressed air system will cost you money. The air may be free, but it still costs money to run the compressor when you shouldn't have to.

Maybe you know what needs to be done, but you don't have all the right tools. Call us and we'll rent what you need. You won't have to buy swaging units or electronic tube benders, but you'll still get to use the best equipment.

If you are interested in finding out more on Edmonton Valve's service offerings and how we can assist you in your needs, don't delay and contact us today!

 


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