The recent acquisition of a state-of-the art Swiss-built Bystronic fibre laser-cutting machine is helping Sydney-based FountainLine IMS deliver procurement and logistic efficiency and accuracy for its clients.

Manufacturing has been in a state of transition for decades. Lower tariffs, changing technologies and the outsourcing of tasks to low-cost economies have adversely affected the industry. As 21st century manufacturing continues to evolve, there is a move away from heavy industrial manufacturing towards higher value-added, technologically advanced production. FountainLine aims to answer the local needs of Australian OEMs, with its ‘Integrated Manufacturing Solution’ (IMS).

Traditionally, OEMs have relied on multiple suppliers for products made from multiple parts. Cut-price suppliers require a ‘leap of faith’ and an experienced purchasing manager to place and monitor the orders. Some companies are completely dependent on suppliers they do not know and trust. Apart from leaving the business exposed to additional challenges, there is an added ‘unknown’ in the quality, logistics, storage and warehousing. Most importantly, the certainty of delivery is questionable, and there are no guarantees that the components will assemble as planned.

According to FountainLine, in an ideal world, the OEM would have access to an integrated manufacturing solution. All components would be available from a single source that conforms to your requirements as well as Australian and international standards. The single source would be local and accountable for 100% of components and be industry benchmarking as ‘business-as usual’.

The new Bystronic machine is helping Fountainline meet that need. The flexibility of the new technology allows for the cutting of a broader range of materials, including aluminium, copper and brass, and improves the existing IMS process. The new machine is 60% faster, reducing manufacturing lead times and ensuring on time delivery.

FountainLine’s finished products can be made to order and delivered without complicated warehouse logistics. For every finished product, each component design is loaded and cut to order with lightning speed. Product assembly is easily made on-time-every-time. Every step in the manufacturing process is completed under one roof and delivered to the client complete, meaning that procurement is easier than ever before. The results for FountainLine’s clients are improved lead times, reduced inventory costs, design flexibility and Swiss-built laser accuracy.