Metal Fabrication from a shipping department perspective

Handling multiple metal fabrication projects at one time can be a challenge to many metal fabrication companies but at Noble Industries it is something we do well every day.  As I watched trucks come and go from our facility this week, I decided to look past HRPO .25 X 60 X 120 sheets, or 7 gauge A36 material, tube being cut and formed or parts just sent into our facility for powder coating and look at what shipped out of the building.  I didn’t want to look at Purchase Orders, Production Schedules, Quotes or Job specific information.  I was interested in parts shipped to what industries and how much each shipment weighed.   It was surprising to see the diversity and the locations we shipped to in just a 3 day time period.   To give you some insight, here are just a few of the items that were shipped from our facility in Noblesville, Indiana on October 29 – 31, 2012 and the weight of metal parts fabricated in that 3 day time frame.

For Automotive Aftermarket customers we shipped 13,000 lbs of metal brackets to Indianapolis, Indiana,  325 lbs to Tennessee, 12,100 lbs to Arkansas.  This is a total of 25,425 lbs or 12.7125 tons of laser cut, formed, welded and powder coated metal parts.

For Retail point of purchase customers we shipped 2 truckloads to Indianapolis, Indiana with a 14,950 lbs total weight in metal parts.   We shipped 15,558 lbs in 1 truckload of Point of purchase metal brackets and metal assemblies to Michigan that will be distributed to retail stores all over the United States.

We had a Noblesville, Indiana customer that we shipped 4,800 lbs of custom metal guard rails and a customer in Indianapolis, Indiana that we shipped 3,800 lbs in metal carts.  For a few other customers we shipped custom metal parts within the state of Indiana totally 9,842 lbs.  Lastly we had a customer in Connecticut that we shipped metal parts weighing 142 lbs.

So in a total of 3 days, Noble Industries shipped 74,517 lbs (or 37.26 tons) of custom metal parts throughout the state of Indiana and other locations throughout the country.    That seems pretty amazing.