Fasteners and Class C Component Supply

Falcon supplies fasteners and inventory management services to manufacturers in North and South Carolina, Kentucky, and the surrounding areas.

Charlotte Office

10715 John Price Road
Charlotte, NC 28273

Phone: 800.438.0332

Mobile: 704.588.4740

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 7429 | Charlotte, NC 28241-7429

Phone: 704.588.4740

Fax: 704.588.5753

Kentucky Office

11536 Commonwealth Drive
Louisville, KY 40299

Phone: 502.266.6292

Fax: 502.526.5567

21 May 2018

5 Inventory Replenishment Methods – Part 3 of 5 – Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)

2018-05-12T17:53:35+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: |

A particularly efficient and popular inventory replenishment method is vendor managed inventory (VMI). VMI replenishment allows your supplier (or vendor) to manage your inventory for you. When a proper VMI option is available it is strongly recommended over kanban. In fact, arranging this type of partnership with your vendor provides many valuable benefits...

14 May 2018

5 Inventory Replenishment Methods – Part 2 of 5 – Kanban

2018-05-21T08:17:19+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: |

Kanban (the Japanese word for "sign") is a powerful and highly praised replenishment method that reliably overcomes many of MRP's challenges. While MRP relies on indirect observation via system data, kanban relies on physical observation via visual signals...

7 May 2018

5 Inventory Replenishment Methods – Part 1 of 5 – MRP

2018-05-14T09:30:20+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: |

Inventory replenishment is a vital component of equipment manufacturing which requires comprehensive decision-making about even the smallest items. While different methods exist for managing inventory replenishment, not all inventory replenishment methods are the same. In this article we take a closer look at MRP.

30 Apr 2018

5 Lean Manufacturing Myths Debunked

2018-04-29T13:40:12+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: |

With all innovation comes apprehension and pushback. Lean manufacturing is no exception. Many are concerned about the impact of investing too heavily in lean manufacturing initiatives.

23 Apr 2018

Lean Manufacturing Checklist

2018-04-30T07:20:07+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: |

Lean manufacturing methods haves been around for many years. Still, implementing lean concepts can be a bit daunting for those original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) just starting to adopt lean strategies...

16 Apr 2018

How Kanban Works: Part 3 of 3 – Checking & Acting

2018-04-23T07:17:44+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Categories: Inventory Management, Lead Time Reduction, Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , |

Continuous improvement is only possible if you're actively looking for problems. In fact, auditing is just as crucial to the whole process as planning is to setting up a new kanban system. By frequently giving your attention to the various parts of the process, you will be able to catch problems while they are small...

9 Apr 2018

How Kanban Works: Part 2 of 3 – Kanban Doing

2018-04-09T10:18:05+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Categories: Inventory Management, Lead Time Reduction, Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , |

The Do stage of the kanban cycle is the actual execution of the system. Tools like kanban cards and kanban boards are used to trigger orders and plan their arrival so that they arrive in time without spending too much time as space-wasting storage...

2 Apr 2018

How Kanban Works: Part 1 of 3 – Kanban Planning

2018-04-09T08:40:21+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Inventory Management, Lead Time Reduction, Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , |

When kanban is properly implemented, efficient part replenishment will happen in a continuous cycle: parts are used, orders are triggered, new parts are delivered on time and then those parts are consumed. The loop only works, though, if all of the particulars of the system are in working order. You can ensure this with a Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle...

26 Mar 2018

Kanban Bin Trigger Timing: Part 3 of 3 – Mid-Point-1-Card Kanban

2018-03-25T17:55:28+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Categories: Inventory Management, Lead Time Reduction, Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , |

A third kanban trigger method is the mid-point trigger, which is only ever employed with a one-card kanban system. One-card kanban systems are only used in special cases for a few reasons...

21 Mar 2018

Trump Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

2018-03-26T15:31:47+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Categories: Risk Mitigation, Supply Chain|

On March 8, 2018, President Donald Trump signed two presidential proclamations introducing new safeguard tariffs on steel and aluminum of 25% and 10% respectively.

Tariffs will go into effect on any impacted goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse on or after 12:01 am on March 23, 2018 and will be in addition to any duty rate currently applied to the HTS…
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