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Your MIG Welding Consumables Are Backordered. Now What?

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The world we find ourselves in is a strange one. Orders are up for just about everything, yet nothing seems to be available. Supply chains are more like supply Swiss cheese.

Items are tied up in WIP awaiting the last few critical components. It seems as if the whole manufacturing world is waiting in the soup line for the parts they desperately need.

Fingers get pointed. Suppliers get blamed. The buck gets passed in a seemingly endless circle.

So, what can your organization do to keep the gears of production turning? Luckily, you’ve got options.

But we need THIS item!

Do you really, though? As the old saying goes, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat”. Here’s how to figure out what you NEED vs. just what you happen to be using.

Examine the Application

Unless you’re performing a highly specialized process that requires equipment and consumables specifically designed for that application, chances are that there are multiple options for accomplishing the same weld.

When you pick up a pencil to write with, do you stop to examine the brand? Probably not.

A pencil is a pencil if you can write with it. MIG welding consumables are very much the same. While there are many different options, they all essentially work the same way.

Consider Alternative Brands

Marketing is big business. Many brands spend millions to convince you that their special sauce makes their product indispensable and that you would be ill-served by using anything else.

Largely, this is effective, as we tend to stick to what we know and trust when making purchasing decisions.

After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Well, maybe not.

Just because you know a product works doesn’t mean it’s the ONLY product that works or that it’s the best product for the job. Also, if you can’t get the product, none of that matters anyway.

There are many high-quality versions of the same products you’re already using that come in a different color packages. But how can you trust that another brand will work? Look at where it’s made.

Bulk imported products often won’t list a country of origin, but if the package is sporting the red, white, and blue there’s a good chance the product has been made with care by someone you can actually talk to if a problem ever occurs.

Finest Welding Equipment Manufacturer American Torch TIp

Consider Alternative Designs

Every company wants to build a better mousetrap. Most claim that their design sports features that will provide X% better performance and that make their product superior to all others.

Many times, the hyperbole is just that. The other thing many companies don’t want you to know is how easy it is to switch to another design of consumables.

Often, this can be accomplished in under a minute. So, what’s the catch?

You’ll have to step out of your comfort zone and try something different.

There may be hurdles. There may be challenges. There may also be savings, longevity benefits, and uptime gains.

You’ll have to decide for yourself if these are worth giving a new product a try.

Ask Your Supplier for Recommendations

It’s likely that your welding supplier has experience with an array of solutions. Sometimes, their “outside looking in” view of your operations gives them insight that will allow them to make recommendations you may not have otherwise considered.

They’re likely to know which products are overrated and which ones represent value. They also oftentimes know which products are actually AVAILABLE given current market conditions. Consider them your partner and trust them to bring value to your organization through their experience.

American Torch Tip Can Ease Your Supply Chain Pains

At American Torch Tip we have a wide array of replacement of consumables for all your MIG needs.

Want to see what a consumable swap looks like? Check it out here: Lightning® Upgrade from Centerfire™ Welding Consumables.

Interested in giving American Torch Tip a try in your shop? Contact us to find out more about a risk-free trial offer!

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