Procurement solution that adds value

Sandvik Machining Solutions AB, a business area of the Sandvik Group, is the world’s largest manufacturer of cutting tools. This Swedish concern has been placing its trust in the products and services of SFS for decades. The close collaboration between the two companies extends from product development through manufacturing, right through to innovative delivery concepts. The logistics procedures adopted have led to dramatically reduced delivery times.

Added value

  • Reduced delivery time
  • Optimization of stock availability
  • Improved production scheduling and loading
  • Cost reductions from efficient and flexible planning

Long history of collaboration
Sandvik Machining Solutions AB is focused on products and manufacturing concepts for the metal cutting industry. In this sector, the company has been placing its trust in SFS products for over forty years. As the preferred supply partner, the company offers convincingly high levels of quality throughout the entire value-added chain. All fasteners meet and exceed exact security requirements; pushing back the boundaries of technical feasibility.

A powerful relationship of trust has developed from the years of close collaboration. SFS specialists support project realization from concept development through feasibility studies on to the manufacture of prototypes; right up to series production. Technical seminars on-site at the customers’ facilities complete the panoply of support.

Sandvik Machining Solutions AB on working with SFS:
“SFS is an important partner for Sandvik Machining Solutions AB. They can offer us extensive know-how in the field of special fasteners for indexable cutting tools. Going forward, we further want to benefit from their knowledge and extend our collaboration.”

An innovative procurement solution
Sandvik Machining Solutions AB also benefits from the simple order processing procedure tailored individually to each group company. Another customer benefit is the jointly conceived packing concept. Components are packed and labelled in small packaging units according to specific wishes and requirements. The quantities vary from 100 right down to 2 parts per pack. There are currently around 250 different products delivered to Sandvik Machining Solutions AB.

Sandvik Machining Solutions AB on working with SFS:
“SFS is one of the suppliers making a considerable contribution to our success at Sandvik Machining Solutions AB. A vital role is played by the continuous improvement process and proactive collaboration that SFS embraces. An excellent example has been the jointly developed new logistics concept.”

Inventing success together
Achieving a faster, more flexible response to market and customer needs requires short, reliable component replenishment times. The two companies therefore collaborated on the development of a new concept which resulted in massive reductions in delivery times. Among other things, the end-customer usage rates of Sandvik Machining Solutions AB were mapped. The integration of value-stream analysis ensures the availability of the correct component in the correct quantity at the correct time. Thus the exact quantity of fasteners required by the customer is produced. This simultaneously achieves a marked reduction in stock levels and an improved production loading. As an order is placed, the parts required are already ready for despatch; or at the very least nearing the end of manufacture and ready to go shortly.