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  1. How PRAXIS Improves Our Processes

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    At Ohio Valley manufacturing, we are constantly on the lookout for new ways to innovate, optimize, and streamline our business and our customer service.  Back in 2011, we implemented one of our greatest strategies to accomplishing these goals, and we’d like to take some time to explain just how valuable it is for our business and our customers.

    The previous problem was this: all of our business functions and transactions, including shipping, receiving, inventory, production, job scheduling, maintenance scheduling, and more were tracked and sorted separately.  The time and resources spent managing all of these various processes and schedules was an area we chose to focus on streamlining.

    Enter PRAXIS, our proprietary software that is a powerful tracking and reporting database and workflow package.  It encompasses both MRP functions for inventory control, and ERP functions for streamlined flow of information between departments, and easy resource and production tracking.  PRAXIS was designed in-house, which means that not only are we experts at its use, but it is also entirely customizable.  PRAXIS is fully integrated with all of our machines, and provides real-time traceability for all of our processes, and also tracks AQP reporting, die reviews, and EDI processing.  It offers our customers the option for barcode labeling and shipment notifications via text, email, or ASN, and offers Ohio Valley a solid advantage over our competition.  With a central database from which to monitor all of our internal processes, and that capability to customize and grow with our business, PRAXIS is one of our prouder achievements, and another demonstration of how we seek to build our business in a way that helps us streamline our process so we can streamline our service.

  2. Heavy Gauges and Higher Goals

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    In our last blog, we talked a lot about innovation and progress – well, we’re here again to tell you about a few concrete examples of our commitment to improving our systems and capabilities.  Meet the two newest improvements to our medley of manufacturing equipment: a heavy duty Hammerle roller leveler, and a new feed line setup for our 1800 ton press.

    The Hammerle is a beauty and a beast all in one.  It’s a heavy gauge roller leveler (0.020 to 0.500 gauge), and it’s capable of tighter tolerances than that of a regular press line.  This machine will allow us to achieve the higher tolerances in house, which is a benefit to our customer’s schedules as well as specifications.  And it’s already in operation.

    Our next new toy is an improved Automatic feed line setup for our 1800 ton Verson press, ¼ inch by 60 inches wide.  This feed line allows us to run heavier gauges than previously possible on our 1800 ton press, and will supplement the capabilities of our 4000 ton press.

    These improvements give us several end results: an improved capability for flatness spec needs, an ability to flatten steel of higher tensile strength than we previously had capability for, and the backup presses necessary for emergency or rush orders.  We can now do heavier orders to tighter tolerances faster than we ever could before.  We’re always improving our business here, and striving to stay at the top of our game – these additions to our arsenal are just the latest manifestations of that commitment to help lead manufacturing here in Ohio to greater heights.

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