Why IMS – Inventory Management

Efficiency and productivity are crucial for a business’s success. One key area that can significantly impact a company’s operations and profitability is inventory management. Metal fabrication companies deal with a wide range of materials, parts, and components, making effective inventory management a complex task. At Integrated Manufacturing Solutions (IMS), we have developed an inventory management solution to help us and our customers, streamline operations, reduce costs, and enhance customer satisfaction.

We see it time and time again. A customer wants a high quantity price break but cannot afford to store that many products in their inventory. This is how our inventory management solution was born. 


How It Works

You cut one purchase order and order the number you need for 3 months, a year, etc. We will then work with you to fulfill the order at the pace your business needs. Metal fabrication isn’t a one size fits all situation, so we created this process, allowing us to tailor every order to you. Interested? Let’s Chat.


Benefits IMS’ Inventory Management Solution Brings to Customers

Streamline Reordering: Each metal fabrication customer has unique inventory requirements. Some customers may require just-in-time deliveries, while others prefer to maintain higher stock levels for greater flexibility. IMS’ offers customizable solutions to manage inventory and ensure it matches each customer’s demand patterns. This streamlines the reordering to meet their customer’s unique requirements.

Shorter Lead Time: IMSinventory management solution facilitates better collaboration between metal fabrication companies and their suppliers. By providing real-time inventory data, these solutions enable suppliers to proactively manage their production and delivery schedules. This level of transparency helps reduce lead times, optimize production schedules, and avoid costly production gaps or bottlenecks. Consequently, customers benefit from shorter lead times, improved product availability, and an overall more efficient supply chain.

Just-In-Time Delivery: Our inventory management solution helps us monitor stock levels, track materials, and notify users when supplies are running low or need to be replenished. This ensures that customers receive their orders on time, without delays caused by stockouts or backorders.

Interested? Let’s Chat. 


Benefits of Flexibility in Metal Fabrication

Flexibility in metal fabrication is more than just a buzzword; it is the key to unlocking exceptional customer experiences. Integrated Manufacturing Solutions (IMS) thrives on collaboration and communication with our customers. By fostering open channels of communication, we can gain deeper insights into customer expectations and project requirements. Flexibility provides many benefits, such as the following:

Customization and Personalization: Every project is unique, with specific design, dimensions, and functional requirements. Integrated Manufacturing Solutions (IMS) works closely with its customers to understand their precise needs and translate them into innovative solutions.

Cost Efficiency: Flexibility in metal fabrication plays a significant role in optimizing costs for customers. IMS’ can adapt to various project requirements, leverage our resources efficiently, reduce waste, and minimize production costs. Flexibility allows for intelligent material usage, ensuring that only the necessary amount is employed, leading to cost savings.

On-Time Delivery: Unforeseen changes, design revisions, or urgent orders can arise at any stage of a project. IMS can adjust production schedules, reallocate resources, and prioritize urgent requests, ensuring on-time delivery. By being adaptable and responsive, we have built a reputation as a reliable and trustworthy metal fabrication manufacturing company.

High-Quantity Price Breaks: With IMS’ inventory management solution, we offer better pricing because the parts are fabricated efficiently, benefiting everyone involved. This efficiency allows us to have even more remarkable turnaround times, saving your company money in more ways than one.

If you order 10,000 pieces for a year and need 100 in September, 500 in October, etc., we will fulfill those orders at that time, allowing you to better gauge the demand, and receive your shipments on the schedule that works for your business, while benefiting from the high-quantity price break.

When our customers are ready for more, they simply email, or call us, and we replenish the stock. To keep the process smooth and hassle-free, once we send off an order to you, we begin preparing for the next order.

Many customers utilize this solution, our Kanban option, or other flexible custom solutions, allowing them to set up a revolving door of orders via the pickup and drop off of returnable containers.

In-House Inventory Warehousing: At Integrated Manufacturing Solutions, we have the square footage to help you out, hence this inventory management solution. We warehouse your stock, acting as an extension of your facility, another benefit of this solution. This aligns with our mission to be your partner in business, not just your vendor. 

We know manufacturing isn’t always sexy, but we are in the business to help people succeed and have found that flexibility is the easiest way to do just that.


Your Minnesota Fabrication Partner

IMS’ is a leading precision, custom sheet metal fabrication, and powder coat paint business that helps companies of all sizes improve overall costs by providing them with innovative solutions for their products and flexibility that matches their business needs. Our reputation is built on quality, innovation, and saving our customers money! 

Whether it is laser sheet metal cutting, welding, or powder coating, we will complete your pieces when you need them, on-demand, right here in our local MN shop.


Ready for a Free Quote?

We proudly serve the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. It only takes a minute! Select the service you’d like, upload your designs, and a member of our team will respond with a free quote as soon as possible. If you don’t have design mockups, or need some help figuring out a design, we’d love to help! Simply give us a call and a member of our team would be happy to answer any questions you have.

Lead Time

3 days

Parts Completed


Manufacturing Footprint

55,000 sq ft.

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