AJ Oster, premier value-added metal service centers across the US and Puerto Rico, increases production throughput with Greycon’s X-Trim


In January 2017 AJ Oster went live with the implementation of Greycon’s trim optimisation tool, X-Trim. The go-live included all six AJ Oster sites with full Greycon on-site support services available at each site.

Greycon first conducted a pilot in 2014 to simulate AJ Oster’s current trim process alignment to Greycon’s X-Trim tool implemented with Oracle business solutions. During the pilot Greycon found the current typical slitting planning process limited to one or two orders grouped and slit against one master coil. In addition, as a fast turn slitting operation there were intentional limits on run length in order to meet dynamic shipping requirements.

AJ Oster decided to appoint Greycon after recognizing numerous benefits from Greycon’s X-Trim optimisation tool.  X-Trim allows the AJ Oster users to manage the restock process, providing the ability to produce the right widths and lengths anticipating business demand for finished goods inventory.

Jay Jordan, Sales Manager North America at Greycon commented: “We have really enjoyed working on this project for AJ Oster. Greycon’s X-Trim tool will bring multiple benefits to AJ Oster. X-trim will provide AJ Oster the visibility of all available inventory when optimizing daily sales demand in the quick turn job shop.”

“When Greycon piloted in 2014 it showed great potential. We were excited to see the benefits of using this tool in everyday production at AJ Oster. Since the implementation, Greycon’s tool has proven invaluable.  It has helped increased our production throughput, reduced waste, overrun, and manage restocking,” says Eric Ramocki at AJ Oster.

About AJ Oster

The AJ Oster story began in 1922, when Aaron J. Oster opened a one-man scrap metal operation in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Today, the firm he founded has grown into one of the nation’s largest distributors of metal foil, sheet and strip, providing vitally important products and services to customers across the continental U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. As an affiliate of Olin Brass, AJ Oster is a key member of one of the world’s largest and most respected organizations in the metals industry, poised to play a major role for years to come.