Product Availability and Material Sourcing

The sales and procurement professionals at Boston Centerless have developed a number of ways to deliver precision ground bar products to our customers. We consider our ability to source the specific material you need to be a core competence of our business. Here’s a summary of the options we offer:

Material from Stock

Boston Centerless maintains inventories of Oversize Diameters, bar stock made to several thousandths of an inch larger than nominal sizes, to allow for finish grinding, and Finished Diameters already ground to nominal sizes and tolerances. These inventories enable Boston Centerless to quote very short lead times or next day shipment.

Material Available from Distribution Partners

Boston Centerless utilizes a core group of distributors to help us meet the short term needs of our customers when material is not available from stock. Our supply relationship with distribution partners opens up a vast array of grades and sizes on a relatively short term basis, usually in the exact quantity required by our customer. This typically adds just a day or two to the short lead times quoted for material available from stock.

Material Available from Mill Partners

Boston Centerless has developed strategic supply relationships with some of the best specialty steel, titanium, aluminum and red metal mills in the world. For example, Boston Centerless and Carpenter Technology Corporation established an alliance to market precision ground medical alloys to the medical device industry. Carpenter Technology and other mills support our inventory programs and enable Boston Centerless to quote even difficult to find grades and sizes based on prevailing lead times being quoted by the mills. Click here to see the variety of materials available from our Mill Partners.

Material Available from Intermediate Bar Processors

As an alternative to integrated mills and the often lengthy lead times and large mill minimums quoted by the mills, Boston Centerless has developed supply relationships with firms that specialize in producing mill quality bar products in quantities much lower than mill minimums and with lead times that are significantly shorter than those quoted by the integrated mills. Grades available from the Intermediate Bar Processors tend to be more limited to the most popular stainless and carbon alloy machining bar chemistries.

Kanban and JIT Inventory Programs

At Boston Centerless we are constantly adding new items of Finished and Oversize inventory in response to the specific demands of our growing customer base. If you have forecasted demand for precision bar products and your operation would benefit from lower raw material inventory, minimal WIP and a faster make-to-bill cycle, call us to hear how Boston Centerless can help you manage the flow of your inventory. Learn more about our Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) capabilities. 

AccuRod Chart

Material reference chart for AccuRod®