Christmas with Uncle UNEX

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Ramadan Kareem! Joyous Kwanzaa! Regardless of how you celebrate, this holiday season is a time to do the things you love with the people you love. On behalf of the UNEX Manufacturing family, I would like to extend to you our thanks and best wishes this holiday season. We wouldn’t be […]

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How U-Shaped Assembly Cells Can Improve Efficiency

  Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing with his invention of the assembly line. Prior to 1913, Ford and virtually every other automaker assembled whole cars at a station with a team of workers working together to complete a single example, usually from start to finish. Ford had been trying to increase his factories’ productivity for building […]

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Addressing the Manufacturing Labor Shortage

Per IndustryWeek magazine, “the United States still has the largest manufacturing sector in the world, and its market share (around 20%) has held steady for 30 years. In fact, recent research shows that every dollar of final sales of manufactured products contributes $1.33 to the overall economy—the single largest multiplier of any industry.” While the […]

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Measuring Success in the Distribution Center

One of the disadvantages of the era of big data and the Industrial Internet of Things is the simple fact that the scope and depth of data available to owners and operators can be overwhelming. With so much data at their fingertips, distribution center operators need to be able to identify and act upon key […]

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The Importance of 5S

Many manufacturing facilities have opted to follow the path towards a “5S” workplace organizational methodology as part of a continuous improvement program or lean manufacturing process. The 5S system is part of Toyota’s Lean Manufacturing methodology designed to reduce waste within your facility. 5S is typically the first step towards eliminating waste from manufacturing processes […]

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Roller Rack: Frustration Free Solutions from UNEX

Purchasing new carton flow solutions isn’t always an easy task. If you’re in need of both flow rack and the tracks used within, you face multiple hurdles: finding a supplier or manufacturer that can provide both, getting the solution in a timely fashion, and installing the solution quickly and easily. Luckily, UNEX’s Roller Rack knocks […]

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How Flow Cell can Shrink Your Assembly Line

Manufacturers face many challenges in their business from overseas competitors to raw material increases. But one of the biggest challenge deals with space – the right facility space and design to fit your unique assembly line. Wasted space is one of the 7 wastes in the Toyota Production System for lean manufacturing. Not having sufficient […]

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How UNEX Solutions Reduce Travel Time

Statistics show order pickers spend about 60 percent of their time walking product or moving product around. As picking operations are very labor intensive, anything you can do to speed the process will help lower the cost of fulfilling orders. However, in the omni-channel world, customers are placing more orders with fewer items, which can lead […]

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How the “Made in America” Movement can Revitalize Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector is growing once again in the US, after a decade of shedding close to 5.7M manufacturing jobs. In recent years, manufacturing employment has grown due to the rebound of the auto industry and reshoring of other manufacturers. Companies that make things keep a competitive edge, plus, customers just want something “Made in […]

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Christmas in July- Preparing your Warehouse for the Holidays

Wonder where the expression “Christmas in July” came from? It is said to be attributed to an opera in which a group of children rehearse a Christmas song in July. One of the children says, “When you sing Christmas in July, you rush the season.” Hollywood came out with a movie in 1940 called, “Christmas […]

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