Robert Bosch Packaging Technology GmbH recently invested in Radan software to ensure it gets the best deal from suppliers who produce its sheet metal components. With only a small in-house production team, the company outsources production of its sheet metal parts. Dominik Bach, responsible for the material-field management of sheet metal products, says Radan solved an important issue for them. “Our suppliers weren’t able to give us accurate and fast calculations regarding the sheetmetal parts.
“We’d often receive late and incorrect offers, and sometimes the part would be quoted at different prices. So we set up a fixed order pattern using Radan. Instead of sending out a request to suppliers, receiving an offer, and then placing the order, we can now tell them the accurate cost of the component and its individual operations.”
He says it’s a “win-win” situation both for Bosch and the supplier. For Bosch it means shortening the overall lead time by skipping the request for quotation time; achieving constant price and planning reliability. The errors caused by manual calculations are eliminated. For the supplier: no sales effort is needed to win orders from Bosch and it can set up a multi-year contract to produce the parts.
Another major advantage is that the software shows each supplier’s individual strengths. For example, if a part requires a number of welding operations, Radan will highlight which is the most suitable supplier for each part. It means that Bosch not only controls the price, but chooses the best subcontractor based on the part requirements. And the suppliers get orders that reflect their own strengths.