Category Archives: Supply Chain

Supplier Overview: CribMaster

CribMaster Industrial Vending Solutions Spread out your single point of storage to your point of use Reducing walk time leads to greater productivity. To minimize trips to the tool crib, CribMaster introduced its first line-side vending machine for industrial use in 1998. Today, we continue... Read More

Nationwide MRO Supply Contracts—with High-Quality Local Service

Difficulty Managing 100’s of Suppliers? Managing maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies can be a challenge.  There are millions of products, thousands of manufacturers, and hundreds of suppliers at both the corporate and plant levels. National Purchasing + Local Servicing IBT Industrial Solutions offers national capabilities for all your MRO product needs, utilizing trusted local distributors—under a new partnership with supplyFORCE.... Read More

Unilever Saves Money with Improved Inventory Control

Ten years ago, Unilever managed the storeroom at its Independence, Missouri location the way most companies do—with onsite employees. "That worked fine at the time," said Alvin Franks, TPM/Maintenance Manager for Unilever in Independence. "But as we analyzed our processes, we realized we needed help."... Read More

How An eProcurement Solution Saved Leggett & Platt Time-and Money

When Kent Pratt wanted to make his purchasing process easier, he turned to IBT’s eProcurement Solution. "IBT has always been very professional, very friendly—they do what they say they'll do," said Pratt, the Procurement Director of the U.S. Spring Division of Leggett & Platt, Inc. "That's... Read More

Integrated Services: Making It Easier

"Keep your eye on the ball." This is what dads and coaches stress over and over with young athletes. In baseball, keeping your eye on the ball gives you a chance at getting a hit when at bat - and lowers the likelihood of a... Read More

Here Comes the Future of Industry, Ready or Not

"It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be." - Isaac Asimov Science... Read More

IBT Listens to MRO Purchasers to Keep Competition at Bay

As big, national distributors continue to grow - and reap rewards derived from MRO buyers consolidating their purchases with fewer suppliers - smaller, regional players need a game plan if they wish not only to survive, but to thrive in the years ahead. A regional... Read More

Inside the System

Predictive maintenance believes that it is smart to fix something before it breaks. Smart management calculates and estimates when the optimum time for that fix is. So, in the properly managed system, outages and downtimes are proactively planned and executed accordingly. Under this system, production... Read More

ISG: Is It Right For Your Company?

IBT's Integrated Services Group (ISG) has been successful at helping a number of organizations gain control of their supply chain and MRO processes. As the ISG team has progressed, they have developed a number of tell-tale signs that a company is likely to benefit from... Read More

Why Automate?

For manufacturing executives, improvement of the process and productivity is a constant goal. To get more - better, faster, cheaper - is to help the organization's key measure: the bottom line. There are various ways to improve productivity: getting more output from the same input... Read More