Michigan CAT Implements MaXaL Tool Company’s Automated Inventory Replenishment System

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Michigan CAT Implements MaXaL Tool Company’s Automated Inventory Replenishment System. Distributor of tooling components develops Tracktor™ solution for manufacturers.

Today, MaXaL Tool Company, a leader in manufacturing representation, inventory management, distribution and sales of metalworking tooling solutions, announced the development and installation of an automated inventory replenishment system known as Tracktor™ at Michigan CAT in Novi, Mich. Michigan CAT specializes in the manufacturing, sales, and rentals of agricultural, truck, and construction equipment and services.

MaXaL Tool Company launched its first installation of its Tracktor™ system at the Novi manufacturing production facilities of Michigan CAT. Tracktor is an automated inventory control system designed to hold hand-grab commodities, such as fasteners, fuses, clips, electrical terminals, etc., in a manufacturing environment. The master base unit consists of 40-bins and contains a logic controller that drives the robust electronic inventory control system software that supports a Sequel™ server infrastructure.

When part levels hit a pre-determined low point, a non-attended electronic order is sent to a web-based inventory portal, signaling the replenishment order immediately, so demand is driven from the shop floor based on consumption rather than a sales representative’s monthly visit. Michigan CAT facilities will always have the correct amount of inventory on hand – not too much, nor too little.

Tracktor’s intuitive inventory replenishment solution is linked into the industry’s first web-based supply chain management solution for hand-grab commodities. This powerful supplier web portal hosts a giant array of part commodities from multiple vendors, offering customers continuous improvement through ongoing price reductions on parts because of MaXaL’s leveraged purchasing agreements in the industry. With the MaXaL Tool Procurement Network, Tracktor customers experience year-after-year cost savings on parts while leveraging the core competencies of a robust supplier network.

Additional 40-bin modules, appropriately named Trailor™, can be appended to the Tracktor system to house all the crib parts needed on the manufacturing floor. Each Trailor is connected to the Tracktor’s main hub, utilizing the central logic processor located with the control board.

“The Tracktor™ system was installed in no time, and is configured to handle all of Michigan CAT’s hand-binned parts. We’ve already seen a difference in how automated the reordering process can be,” stated Michigan CAT parts manager, Jim Fensom. “Our costs are already going down and I’m certain we will never run out of needed parts during production.”

Hardware for the Tracktor system is sourced by Huntington Beach, Calif.-based AutoCrib, Inc., the leader in producing point-of-use dispensing systems and software solutions that solve many common inventory management problems related to tooling, safety supplies and MRO items. MaXaL Tool Company and AutoCrib, Inc. formed a strategic alliance in 2004 to jointly develop the Tracktor™ inventory replenishment system specifically for hand-grab commodities used in the industrial sector.

Manufacturers interested in specifications for the Tracktor™ system should contact MaXaL’s managing partner Dennis Smarch at 734-890-1196.

About MaXaL Tool Company:

Founded in 2002 by manufacturing industry veteran Dennis Smarch, MaXaL Tool Company started as a manufacturer's representative firm dedicated to providing manufacturers with the technical expertise and professional presence required to excel in today's evolving industrial marketplace. Today, the privately held firm specializes in three unique business practices: industrial inventory management; distribution and sales of metalworking tooling solutions; and asset recovery, reclaim and recycling of metalworking tooling and equipment. The company hosts its corporate offices and headquarters in Canton, Mich. and has distribution and warehousing facilities in Wixom, Oscoda, and Grand Rapids, Mich. Visit http://www.maxaltool.com or call 734-890-1196 for more information.    

NOTE TO EDITORS: Photos of the MaXaL Tool Company’s Tracktor™ system installation at Michigan CAT are available upon request.

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