When it comes to inventory management for metal manufacturers, the heat is on. You need inventory software that’s as tough as iron in order to keep up with your company’s logistical needs. Metal alloys require careful measurements at each step of the production process, and it is important to make sure you have all of the necessary components in the precise amounts to make top-quality products. Inventory software helps you accomplish this feat. Let’s put the pedal to the metal as we discuss metal inventory software.
Tracking Metal Across Production Stages
Every metal begins as raw ore taken out of the ground. It takes numerous processes to turn that ore into a structurally sound metal alloy that can be safely used in any number of ways. Thus, it is important for business managers to be able to tell exactly where metal is along the production stages. A production stage is the state that an object being manufactured is in at any given moment.
If something goes wrong in the production process and some finished products end up with imperfections and other flaws that make them unsafe or unsellable, you can use inventory tracking criteria to look back and find the exact ones that are affected. These include SKU numbers, lot numbers, creation dates, and more. You do not have to throw out the baby with the bathwater. You can simply weed out the bad eggs from the bunch to only get rid of ones that are bad while keeping all of the good ones.
Different Types of Metals and Purposes
There are many kinds of metals, alloys, and purposes for which they are created and used. For example:
- Brass is a combination of copper and a variable amount of zinc (up to half), and it is used in pipes, jewelry, and many other items that need to be durable and impervious to rusting.
- Bronze is a combination of copper and a small amount of tin, and it is used in coins, medals, gears, electrical hardware, and hand tools.
- Gold is often combined with copper or silver to give it different hues and to make it harder because it is too soft and malleable in its pure form.
- Nichrome is mostly nickel with some chromium added to it to be used in electric heaters, toasters, and other appliances that need to get hot in a hurry.
- Pewter is primarily tin mixed with antimony, copper, and bismuth to harden it. It has been used for more than 2,000 years in household items, but it used to contain lead until relatively recently.
- Solder is a combination of equal parts lead and tin, and it is quite a helpful alloy when it comes to fusing two different metals together.
- Steel is mainly iron combined with carbon, chromium, manganese, phosphorus, sulfur, nickel, and other minerals. It is used to create beams in buildings, kitchenware, guns, swords, and a variety of additional tools and products.
- Sterling silver is a combination of silver and a small amount of copper, and it is often used in jewelry and objects in art displays.
In addition to the metals themselves, there are a variety of ways to finish metal surfaces, such as electroplating, powder coating, hot blackening, sand blasting, grinding, buff polishing, brushing metal, and vibratory finishing. Metal finishing is necessary to protect alloys from wear and tear, but not every one of them has the same requirements, which is why there are so many ways to finish them. Each of these processes has a long, complex explanation, which we don’t have time to cover here, so click the link above to learn more about each one if you are curious.
Let’s finish by delving into the inventory software aspect of this discussion.
The Gold Standard in Inventory Management
Fishbowl and QuickBooks connect to each other like a magnet to steel. You can solder them together to create a wonderful fusion of inventory management software and accounting software. Fishbowl was among the first business solutions to integrate with QuickBooks when Intuit first opened up its API to third-party developers more than a decade ago. In fact, Fishbowl earned the highest honor a third-party software company can receive from Intuit: QuickBooks Gold Developer. That makes Fishbowl the Gold Standard in manufacturing and warehouse management software for QuickBooks users.
If you would like to eliminate double data entry, enjoy the benefits of production stage tracking, and keep track of all of your minerals, materials, tools, alloys, and finished products, give Fishbowl a try. Get a custom demo of Fishbowl today to see it in action.
There are many types of metal alloys, including brass, bronze, gold, nichrome, pewter, solder, steel, and sterling silver. Metal manufacturers can use inventory software to track their production stages, inventory quantities, and more. Fishbowl offers all of these manufacturing and warehouse features, plus it integrates with QuickBooks to eliminate double data entry.