vendor consolidation

Why and How to Consolidate Vendors

Manufacturing, construction, mill working, cabinetry, metal fabrication, and other industrial businesses need a variety of vendors to get products made and delivered – on-time and on-budget.   But sometimes managing many different vendors can be inconvenient as well as hurt a company’s bottom line. There’s the vendor selection process, which can be cumbersome. Even after a new vendor is secured, they need to be entered into your systems…

abrasives for metalworking

How to Choose Abrasives in Metalworking

Metalworking needs special abrasives to grind, finish, or polish to ensure a satisfactory surface. Lane Supply Company (Lane) has recommendations as well as information about which abrasive to choose for your project. Bonded Coated Non-woven Also, see more information about the minerals related to abrasives. Download Infographic (PDF) Lane can help Lane Supply Company (Lane)…

sanding and finishing countertops

Polishing Techniques for Solid Surface Countertops 

Customers want countertops that are beautiful and durable without spending a lot of money. That’s a tall order! But many solid surface countertops – such as Staron, Corian, LG HI-MACS, Livingstone, and Wilsonart – fill that order by being relatively inexpensive while being looking luxurious. But fabricating, installing, and finishing these countertops can be daunting.    Lane Supply Company has expertise with these countertops. We provide a…

floor protection

Flooring Protection

In commercial and residential construction, as well as remodeling, there’s a lot going on.  Tradespeople – electricians, plumbers, tilers, etc. — are walking around and moving supplies and equipment, possibly on new or redone flooring.  Potentially, they’re tracking mud, debris, and paint or worse, causing scratches that need floors to be redone.  With tight deadlines and budgets, anything you can…

air tool maintenance tips and ideas

Air Tool Maintenance

When it comes to pneumatic and air tools, it’s important to ensure they’re well maintained. Not only can they cause your facility to use more horsepower than necessary (inefficient use of power), but they can become unsafe for your workforce. We have ideas and information to help you keep air moving as well as your…

hard hats for safety and ergonomics

Ergonomics and Safety

Employers and safety managers know that employee downtime is not only a hassle but a drain on companies. Paperwork, workers comp claims, and lost productivity are large challenges facing production facilities.   It’s why safety has become such an integral part to most facilities and plans.   But when people think of injuries and illnesses happening in the workplace, ergonomics is a leading factor that is often overlooked.  …

4 ways to avoid swirl marks in woodworking

Avoid Swirl Marks

When you’re producing or restoring furniture, cabinets, flooring, or other wood-related items — swirl marks can be your nemesis. They detract from the quality of your piece and may even upset your customer, which can hurt your business. But it’s not just your technique that may be impacting the quality of your product. (Although specific…

woodworking manufacturing

Manufacturing Case Study

Streamline the supply chain  Streamlining the supply chain results in reduced costs and waste, while maintaining or improving the overall quality of the manufactured product.  Problem  A manufacturing company needed specific filters for their spray booths, but had trouble finding a reliable source. Production was starting to grind to a halt because they had no “safety stock” – industrial…

stock and streamlining supply chain

Safety Stock and Inventory Management

You have a facility or warehouse where you keep items needed to run your business. It’s where you keep abrasives, adhesives, sealants, tools, and more. Imagine running out of those items, one that’s critical to what you make or build. Your business may grind to a halt, waiting until you can source that needed inventory.  …

window-door

How to Choose the Right Window and Door Foam

In window installation, the rough opening is the most challenging opening to seal. With complex surfaces and imprecise dimensions, they really do exemplify the term “rough” in the rough opening. It becomes a challenge to seal the varying gaps around a highly engineered and precisely dimensioned window or door into a space that, shall we say, is…