ProNest integration with FabSuite gives steel fabricator a better handle on costs and inventory
The company and products
Klute, Inc. is a family-owned steel fabricator. The Nebraska-based company specializes in substation and transmission line projects such as A-frame and H-frame dead end structures, static masts and equipment stands – bus supports, switch stands, PT stands and lightning arresters. They work with round and square tubes, wide flange beams, channel beams, angle beams, pipes, and plates.
Although the business was successful, Klute was struggling in the area of inventory management. “We weren’t doing a good job of tracking plate inventory and we didn’t know how much we were using,” explained Jordan Klute, Operations Manager.
Then along came new business opportunities that would double or triple Klute’s plate processing. “If we didn’t do something about our inventory we were going to be in a bad spot,” said Jordan.
Klute’s existing software – ProNest® nesting software and FabSuite® steel management software – each offer plate inventory management solutions, including databases to store and track plates and remnants. It was especially good news that a new integration package would be able to link the two products together for seamless data transfer. “It was a natural fit for us,” said Jordan, “We did not hesitate to move forward right away.”
Now Klute’s inventory is entered into FabSuite upon delivery to the facility. Job information, including parts and plates, is passed to ProNest when it’s ready for nesting. And once nesting is complete, the plate usage and remnant information is automatically passed back to FabSuite. “Being able to track inventory is a big deal,” said Jordan. “And now we’re able to do that throughout the entire workflow. It only requires us to enter the data one time, and inventory is 100% up to date.”
“It was a bit of a surprise to realize exactly the volume of plate we previously had on hand,” Jordan explained. But with data in hand, Klute can now track job costs, calculate margins, and keep inventory holding costs to a minimum.