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bisco industries: Your Source for Access Hardware and Much More

Whether your application is an industrial vehicle or an electronic enclosure, chances are you need some type of access hardware. Access hardware includes everything from hinges, to latches, to complete electronic entry systems. Since 1945, Southco has been the leading manufacturer of access hardware, providing solutions for even the most challenging applications. Southco’s innovative techniques have resulted in a catalog of over 25,000 standard products and over 50,000 customized products. Southco’s  extensive product portfolio includes electronic rotary latches, cam/compresion latches, draw latches, push-to-close latchescaptive screws, and hinges.

bisco industries is your local authorized distributor for Southco access hardware. In addition to offering extensive stock and online pricing on thousands of Southco products, bisco is authorized for over 150 other manufacturers. That means bisco can not only meet your access hardware needs but also your other hardware, fastener, and electronic component requirements.

Find Cost Savings: Send Your Entire BOM to bisco

By stocking a wide range of products and cultivating manufacturer relationships bisco helps you consolidate your supplier base and find cost savings

Consolidating Suppliers

Consolidating suppliers within specific supply markets is a proven strategy to concentrate buying power and reduce purchase prices. Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex which results in increased costs over time. For example, as your supplier list grows it becomes harder to manage on-time delivery, ensure quality, and prevent unnecessary purchases. By reducing your supplier base and partnering with bisco you’ll see cost savings in the form of increased on-time delivery rates, fewer quality rejections, and even special pricing agreements.

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Visit or contact our dedicated sales team to get product data, pricing, and availability for Southco access hardware and your entire bill of materials (BOM).

3 Inventory Strategies to Make Your Supply Chain More Efficient

In today’s competitive marketplace supply chain managers and procurement teams are constantly striving to cut costs without sacrificing quality. Stay a step ahead of your competitors by implementing one or more of the following inventory strategies:

  1. KanBan

Developed by Toyota in the 1950s KanBan controls the flow of product from the supplier to the production facility.  KanBan allows manufacturers to replenish their inventory as parts are used instead of carrying large inventories.  In addition, KanBan systems provide a means of forecasting demand so that shortages can be avoided.  A key component of the KanBan system is the KanBan card. Now primarily electronic, KanBan cards indicate to the supply chain that more parts are needed. KanBan cards usually take the form of email messages or other electronic signals to the supplier. Once the signal is received the supplier ships the parts needed to meet production demand.

A simple example of a KanBan program is a three bin system. In the three bin system the first bin is on the factory floor (the point of demand), the second bin is in the factory warehouse, and the third bin is in supplier’s warehouse. When the first bin on the factory floor is depleted, the inventory is transferred from the second bin in the factory warehouse. At this point the KanBan card (electronic signal) is sent to the supplier and the parts are sent from the third bin (supplier inventory) to replenish the inventory at the factory warehouse (the second bin).

  1. Kitting

Kitting is the process of packaging parts together that are used in production assemblies. Instead of pulling parts from multiple bins for an assembly, a single bin containing kitted parts can be utilized. Manufactures can simply specify the required parts for the kit and the parts are packaged together. In addition to reducing assembly times, kitting reduces procurement and inspection times as well.

  1. Consignment Inventory

Consignment inventory is stock that is still owned by the supplier and stored in their warehouse but allocated to a specific client. Consignment inventory allows manufacturers to pull in stock as needed without incurring the costs of the parts and storing inventory immediately. Another benefit of consignment inventory is the ability to avoid shortages by having dedicated stock available.

bisco makes inventory management easy

As a full service distributor of electronic components and fasteners bisco industries offers KanBan, kitting, and consignment inventory capabilities as well as many other supply chain services. Regardless of your requirements we will work with you to develop and implement the solution that is right for you. To learn more about bisco’s inventory management solutions visit or contact a sales rep now.

Supply Chain Continuity: Diminishing the Risk of Shortages

Technology + Personal Service = Supply Chain Optimization

bisco industries is uniquely positioned to support supply chain continuity by monitoring industry wide stock levels to make sure you have the parts you need for production. This is made possible by bisco’s growing customer base which includes clients in the aerospace, industrial, medical, electronics, and telecom industries. Furthermore bisco’s wide ranging product catalog allows us to monitor demand for all types of items from rivets to power supplies.

bisco utilizes a proprietary system that identifies changes in stocking levels throughout the industry for high-use products. Using this data we are able to adjust stocking packages and alert customers to changes in demand. In addition to our digital monitoring systems, bisco’s extensive sales force works to identify and set custom inventory levels for high-risk items within customers’ production lines. Once an item is identified, customized inventory levels can be set for up to 18 months’ worth of product.

To learn more about reducing the risk of shortages by partnering with bisco talk with your local sales rep or visit today!

Solar Powered Plane Highlights Advances in Aircraft Design

The First Solar Powered Flight Around the World

The manned solar-powered aircraft known as Solar Impulse 2 has completed the first leg of its journey around the world. If successful, Solar Impulse 2 will be the first such aircraft to fly around the globe. Weighing about as much as a mid-size car the Solar Impulse 2 boasts a wingspan of 236 feet (72 meters). The plane uses 17,000 solar cells to collect energy and lithium-ion batteries to store unused electricity.  The solar cells and batteries send electricity to four electric motors which power the propellers of the plane.  A feat of modern engineering, the Solar Impulse 2 demonstrates not only the importance of renewable energy but also advances in aircraft design.  Now more than ever, aircrafts utilize strong light-weight material to increase performance and efficiency. This trend highlights the fact that each component of an aircraft impacts the performance of the whole.

Supply Chain Partners’ Impact on Aircraft Design

From rivets, to inserts, to electronic connectors, to cable management solutions, each component must meet the goal of maximizing aircraft performance and efficiency. However, finding the right components for your design can be challenging. That’s where a supply chain partner like bisco industries comes in. With extensive experience in the aerospace industry and a network of supply partners, bisco industries is able to locate the parts that fit your design and provide competitive pricing and ease of ordering to your procurement team. bisco industries is an AS9100/ISO9001 certified stocking distributor of BAC (Boeing), NAS, MS, and Mil-Spec components. In addition, bisco is an authorized distributor for over 150 manufactures including Avdel, ESNA, Acme Industrial, Thomas & Betts, Birtcher, and Calmark.

To find product information and to get instant pricing and availability visit bisco industries online.

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