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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

16 Apr 2018

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

2018-04-15T19:18:13+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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19 Mar 2018

Kanban Bin Trigger Timing: Part 2 of 3 – Empty-a-Bin Method

2018-03-26T07:42:09+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Categories: Inventory Management, Lead Time Reduction, Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , |

Just as the Break-a-Bin method is a beginning trigger point, Empty-a-Bin is an end trigger point. When the last piece or part of a bin has been used (and the bin has been emptied), the kanban card is triggered. As compared to its counterpart...

12 Mar 2018

Kanban Bin Trigger Timing: Part 1 of 3 – Break-a-Bin Method

2018-03-25T17:54:40+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Inventory Management, Lead Time Reduction, Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , |

A lean inventory system relies on triggers for timely replenishment. A lean inventory system should not replace items until enough of that item has been consumed. Signal kanban, or tangible items like cards, are used to trigger the placement of an order. Maintaining appropriate inventory quantity depends heavily on trigger timing. To determine the best trigger timing, you need to consider various factors...

4 Mar 2018

How to Create a Plan for Every Part (PFEP) Part 2 of 2

2018-03-08T12:15:52+00:00 March 4th, 2018|Categories: Inventory Management, Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , |

While the PFEP concept is straightforward and the steps are simple, planning and implementing a PFEP for large complex inventories can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, while developing a PFEP can seem like a lot of work with little return, the payoff is exponential.

25 Feb 2018

How to Create a Plan for Every Part (PFEP) Part 1 of 2

2018-03-08T12:15:29+00:00 February 25th, 2018|Categories: Inventory Management, Lean Manufacturing|

A Plan-For-Every-Part enables you to enhance the value of all plant activities while also eliminating redundant data management tasks, reducing data inaccuracies, and greatly improving planning processes that rely on inventory data.

19 Feb 2018

8 Step ABC Inventory Analysis & Classification Process (Part 3 of 3: Pointers)

2018-02-26T15:49:24+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Categories: Class C Components, Inventory Management, Lean Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)|

The key to establishing a successful ABC classification system is trusting its design and following a few best practices. Below are a few tips and considerations related to ABC analysis.