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Metals & Fabricated Metal Products - Case Studies
The Case Studies described below are based on information provided by companies in the Metals & Fabricated Metal Products sector. Each study has been written in collaboration with employees of the company and Preactor International would like to thank those who provided these insights into how Preactor is used and the benefits it has provided.

UAB Vytrolma, based in Utena, Lithuania, specializes in manufacturing of high quality products from sheet steel for building and construction industry. UAB Vytrolma's products are supplied to Customers in Lithuania and other European Union countries. Products that are made from sheet steel in UAB Vytrolma’s portfolio include: metal cassettes for facades, galvanized steel profiles for building insulation system, roof safety products and accessories, electrical cabinets and postboxes.
With a turnover of approximately 46.1 billion euros and about 281,000 employees distributed in its 225 factories, Bosch operates in the Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Energy and Building Technology and Consumer Goods. To meet the needs of dies and molds in its production areas, Bosch has its own tooling.
Mueller Stoves, one of the new business units of Muller Group, was established in 2001 and to produce different items ranging from stoves, domestic ovens and cook-tops stoves. Today the unit has grown to about 518 employees in 94 000 m2 of built area, producing about 118, with a capacity of about 70,000 units per month.
SMC (Société Mécanique de Cintrage), located in Chateaudun, France, is a leader in the market of hydraulic pipes with more than 40 years of experience.
The Rudolph Usinados S/A was created in 1965 focused on the manufacture of tools for watchmakers. Currently the company is a reference in the machining industry, providing high quality machined products for various industries, including the automotive and appliances.
Summit Packaging Systems Inc. was founded by Gordon Gilroy in 1974 and today Summit has five operational plants strategically positioned around the world. Summit is recognized as the leading producer of aerosol valves in North America and is quickly becoming a leading global supplier of aerosol valves.
Metalúrgica Fey is one of the largest manufacturers of fasteners in Brazil. Recognition has been achieved through its extensive range of products supplying the markets, such as bolts and nuts, agricultural equipment, motorcycle, automotive, central pins, spring clips and special parts.
D&D Manufacturing Ltd., is a small company based in Diadema (Brazil). Its business is focused on drawing and cold rolling, straightening, grinding, polishing and stripping of special steels, stainless steels and other specialty alloys.
Located in Marieville, Quebec, Canada, Sivaco started operations in 1950 as a nail manufacturing plant which soon transitioned to wire production. Today, at the forefront of wire production in North America, Sivaco designs, manufactures and delivers the highest quality wire products for a wide range of applications.
Located in the city of Erechim, north Rio Grande do Sul state, the Plaxmetal LTDA enterprise produces plastic and metal parts their main product line being chair kits (for assemblies) and spare parts for workstations, schools, residences etc.
Founded in 1884 in Japan, led by Furukawa Electric, Furukawa Group is one of the world’s manufacturers of optical fiber cables. Part of this big group, Furukawa Industrial S.A. Produtos Elétricos is focused on the telecommunications sector selling into North America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America
With 39 years of history, Telasul is one of main steel furniture manufacturing companies in Brazil and sells more than any other in several markets.
Samuel Strapping Systems is a leading manufacturer and supplier of a broad range of steel and plastic strapping, hand tools, edge protection, stretch film equipment and consumables, as well as standard and custom engineered unitizing equipment.
From humble origins in 1894 Vienna, Hoerbiger has grown to become a leading player in the fields of compression technology, automation technology and drive technology employing a global workforce of 7,600 and achieving sales of 950 million euro. Hoerbiger branched into North America in the 1960s and now has 23 service centers in addition to 2 manufacturing centers – one in Houston, Texas and a larger facility in Pompano Beach, Florida.
With representation in every continent, Susin Francescutti Metalúrgica S/A is a leading manufacturer of crankshafts and camshafts for the automotive sector. Since its founding in 1954 it has been providing its products to many of the largest truck and car manufacturers around the world.
Wellman Hunt-Graham was formed by the merger of Hunt Thermal Engineering Limited and Wellman Graham Limited in 2005 and is now the largest manufacturer of shell and tube heat exchangers in the UK. Working from a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Dukinfield, Cheshire, the 75+ strong workforce achieved a turnover of almost £11m in the past year with approximately 40% of all goods produced being destined for export to a diverse range of worldwide markets. When the company recognised it needed to improve its delivery date accuracy, it exchanged its obsolete and ineffectual planning system for a state-of-the-art production planning and scheduling solution from Preactor.
EXAL Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer of extruded aluminum packaging. EXAL offers coil-based metal packaging container options in North America and Europe and is the leading independent contract manufacturer of aerosol products and liquids in Latin America.
With 20 years of experience in the metals and mechanical engineering sector, Cortiaço produces small, medium and large structures, including machinery and equipment for cutting, machining and heating. Their current headquarters is located in the city of Gravataí, Brazil and provides services that deal with the all aspects of a project including the equipment construction, transportation and installation on site. For the production processes the company employs a team of approximately 150 employees, in a plant of some 5,000 square meters. In addition to the manufacture of equipment, the oxy-cutting services, machining and heat treatment departments also provide a service to other companies.
Medabil started business in 1967, and since its founding, has constantly increased its participation in national and international markets, always looking for technological innovations to meet the expectations of its customers. Currently, Medabil is focussed on the design, construction, and assembly of metal buildings pre-engineered for industries, shopping malls, supermarkets, multi-storey buildings and distribution centres, among others. Medabil is becoming the national leader and one of the largest companies in this sector in Latin America. The company has a wide range of products with solutions for the main and secondary structures, tiles for roofing and side closures, steel decking, lighting systems, insulation, and ventilation systems for large buildings.
Floform is a global supplier of cold formed components for the automotive, power semiconductor industries and a wide scope of applications requiring rivet fasteners. The company has been cold forming metals into complex shapes at its UK factory since 1959 and now has a specialist product range that includes electrodes for spark plugs, injector sleeves for diesel engines, heat sinks for power semiconductor devices, headed components for numerous auto electrical applications and commercial and industrial rivets.
Walro Flex, the trading name of BGG Cable Manufactures (Pty) Ltd., based in Johannesburg South Africa, is the leading manufacturer of automotive cables in Southern Africa. Producing amongst other items, cables used in the assembly of automotive wire harnesses.
MIS Engineering (Pty) Ltd, trading as MITAK, is a general heavy engineers and founders based in Johannesburg, South Africa. They are one of the leading manufacturers of wear-resistant alloys used in crushing, grinding, pumping & materials handling equipment in South Africa. They produce in excess of 10,000 Tons per annum from four Furnaces and ten Moulding Bays. Operations include moulding, casting, fettling, heat treatment and machining.
Wall Colmonoy Ltd is a world leader in the fields of high temperature brazing and surface engineering providing solutions to complex metal joining and wear problems.
NTTF Industries Limited (NTTFIL) is an Indian company promoted by the renowned Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF) to manage its commercial operations. It has two plants, one at Peenya, Bangalore in Karnataka state and the other at Vellore in Tamilnadu.
Grotto(Pty) Ltd., manufacturer of stainless steel tanks to order and a major supplier to the South African wine, beer, dairy and chemical industries, wanted to improve their customer delivery promising capability.
Located in Espírito Santo, Brazil, Companhia Siderúrgica de Tubarão (CST) is a world leader in the semi-finished steel market and is part of the Arcelor Group, one of the largest steel makers in the world. CST-Arcelor Brazil is the 11th largest Brazilian exporter and is responsible for 12% of worldwide sales volume for steel slabs.
Kingspan off-site manufacture Architectural Facade Systems, Volumetric Systems, and Wall Framing & Sections from cold rolled steel at the company's 50 acre site in North Yorkshire. The company operates on a lean manufacturing basis and yet offers flexibility in meeting varying and demanding requirements of its customers.
Cash Bases is the leading supplier of cash handling solutions in the form of custom designed cash drawers to the majority of the largest global names in retailing. Sectors range from Food Process through to Hospitality, Leisure and Speciality Retail.
Lakshmi Precision Screws Limited (LPS) manufactures metal fasteners, bolts and screws, with a diameter ranging between 3 and 36mm and lengths 5 to 1500mm. There are also different thread specifications, raw materials and finish specification resulting in around 8500 varieties.
A major supplier to the automotive industry has installed a Preactor PC-based graphical finite scheduling tool to help eliminate production bottlenecks, whilst at the same time improving lead-time accuracy and customer service.
A Preactor scheduling tool has begun playing a major role in the manufacturing operation of the world’s leading supplier of anodized aluminum parts to the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.
Vallourec, a French company with a number of manufacturing sites, make low carbon Ni-Cr-Mo steel tube mainly for the automotive industry, more than two thirds of which is exported all over the world. Processing takes place at three sites, Saint Florentine, Vitry-le-Francois and Laigneville with production totalling around 75-85 tons of steel every day, equivalent to 15 kilometres of tube.
With a product range of 40,000 different wire ropes across a wide range of applications, each requiring a precise manufacturing specification, Brunton Shaw’s scheduling capacity can quickly reach breaking point. This is nothing new to Brunton Shaw since it has been involved in the manufacture of steel rope for over 100 years.