Specialised software to provide agility and profitability to subcontractors in the sheet metal industry

The sheet metal and fabrication industry is based on the activity of large manufacturing companies supported by thousands of subcontractors that specialise within this sector. Both the large manufacturing companies and the subcontractors have the same objectives which are to provide an effective, flexible and profitable response to their customers' needs.  Lantek, who work in the development and marketing of software solutions for the sheet metal and fabrication industry, has spent many years developing specific tools for manufacturers and suppliers in this field, enabling it to become highly knowledgeable about its clients' technological and management requirements.

From experience, Lantek knows that companies that work with a supply chain of any size require a comprehensive planning process that adapts to change and is perfectly synchronised with all the company's departments and activities. Additionally, companies need to manage every aspect of their own processes and procedures including relationships with clients. In line with these objectives, Lantek Solutions is a suite of software that has been designed to address and facilitate the entire decision-making process for specialised subcontractors and manufacturers, from receiving the client's enquiry to final delivery and invoicing.

“Achieving flexible but efficient planning is a critical factor for many manufacturers of sheet metal, pipes, and profiles. For that reason, our software solutions allow for a better response that can be integrated with all systems implemented within the company and at its clients' facilities. Moreover, Lantek Solutions fit any production environment and are compatible with all existing cutting and punching machines. The integration of its customers in the value chain is crucial to specialist providers”, explains Alberto Martínez, CEO of Lantek.

With Lantek Solutions company managers receive support that enables them to control all processes and areas through information management. This is focused on their specific environment and resources, greatly reducing costs and delivery times.

Lantek has a range of software products that enable any format generated by CAD systems to be incorporated into the work platform, to manage part nesting to match customer requirements, and to work with files exported from external systems. 

One of the key benefits of Lantek Solutions is that it is able to integrate with the majority of customer and supplier systems, resulting in synchronized operations for commercial, design, production, delivery, provisioning, management, and financial management.

More specifically, Lantek Solutions enable subcontractors and manufacturers to control the format, thickness and type of raw materials in stock, manage scrap, detect stockouts and make purchases at the right time. It also makes production more flexible, with partial or grouped shipments and billing, and the ability to change priorities on the go.

Lantek technology provides a competitive advantage for specialized suppliers providing a software platform which is totally focused on selling, producing, and delivering faster. A supplier that has the support of Lantek technology is able to adapt its rate of production, its inventory, and its operational costs according to real-time requirements. It helps companies to optimize the business plan, reduce costs and risks and incorporate new orders into the manufacturing schedule without harming the production rate”, states Raúl Chopitea, director of R&D.

With Lantek Solutions, management of the commercial activities of a company is possible with software tools dedicated to business relationship management, budgeting and order management.

Within the CAD/CAM solutions offered by Lantek, subcontractors and manufacturers can calculate the most economical nest for each technology, maximising material utilization, and interface with any machine or auxiliary equipment, such as robot arm or palletizers installed at the company, optimizing machine efficiency.

Furthermore, Lantek technology raises production performance by controlling the entry of jobs, managing changing requirements and providing tools for the comprehensive monitoring of shipments and orders. Additionally, it offers forecasts for expenses and raw material purchase and functions that adjust to the production rate and any  possible changes as they occur.

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