Estes has the experience, tools, and space to be able to accommodate its customers’ inventory management needs.

Effective inventory management is all about balance. Carrying too much inventory ties up capital and wastes valuable space. However, carrying too little can result in delays and production inefficiencies.

Economic conditions force many businesses – including OEMs – to reduce the amount of resources invested in inventory. As a result, it is leaning on its supply chain to provide just-in-time delivery for its products.

Estes has the experience, tools, and space to be able to accommodate its customers’ inventory management needs. Combining the customer’s forecast and lead-time requirements with Estes’ internal capacity to formulate safety stock levels, the product is ready at the precise time it is needed by the customer.

Contact Estes today to learn more about its supplier-managed inventory system.

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A One-Stop Shop Approach

Significant savings, not to mention convenience, can be found when a metal fabricator offers a one-stop shop for product design, prototyping, fabrication, and inventory management services all under one roof. Using a one-stop shop fast-tracks your entire project and makes your life easier because you no longer need to find and qualify a design house, a prototyping house, a fabricator, and a fulfillment house. This optimized approach will get your components or finished product to you faster.


Estes Design and Manufacturing is your one-stop shop for sheet metal projects from product conception to full production. Estes offers a suite of services including traditional metal fabrication, 3D laser welding, product development and prototyping, as well as inventory management and cost reduction services.


Contact us today to learn how we can help you with your next sheet metal fabrication project!


Benefits of JIT & Kanban Strategies

A just-in-time (JIT) strategy that is properly implemented can bring value to both a company that employs it and its customers. 

  • Increased efficiency – Production lines can run continuously since materials are available to meet immediate production needs.
  • Reduced waste – Since you are no longer warehousing stockpiles of inventory, the risk of having obsolete inventory is eliminated.
  • Reduced inventory costs – There is no need to warehouse idle materials, and you don’t have to make a big upfront investment on materials. In addition, the freed up space can be used for revenue-generating activities.
  • Reduced overtime – Production levels smooth out, so employee overtime associated with production spikes is reduced.
  • Improved delivery to your customers – JIT speeds your production processes, allowing you to reduce long-lead times and provide on-time delivery to your customers.
  • Reduced production obstacles – Having a stockpile of inventory can mask inefficiencies and other issues in your production line. Your line is only as efficient as your least efficient process. Bottlenecks and areas with increased defects can be flushed out and addressed.

Industries Served

Estes understands that each of our customers have unique needs and requirements. But no matter what industry you are in, your inventory management needs, or your lead-time requirements, Estes stands ready and equipped to partner with you. Visit our website page to learn how we’ve helped other companies within your industry.