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 space for your assembly line can lead to a significant reduction in line throughput, slower production, and even accidents.
Assembly lines move components down a production line from operation to operation until the product is completed. To save space in your facility, you need to shrink your assembly line – and Flow Cells can help you do it. Flow Cells are ideal lineside storage solutions, allowing users to consolidate storage on the line and reduce the footprint of lineside storage.
If you are looking to reduce inventory and space, while boosting productivity, UNEX Flow Cells are a great start. They provide substantial benefits to your assembly environment, including:
- Housekeeping – 5S is a housekeeping method for the shop floor consisting of 5 rules that eliminate waste and foster a lean environment. The five S’s are: Organization, orderliness, cleanliness, standardization and discipline. Flow Cells help you have a place for everything and everything is in its place, drastically reducing clutter that can slow down the assembly process and eat up valuable work space.
- Compact Plant Layout – Flow Cells are modular flow rack systems that can be specifically designed to a manufacturer’s unique needs. This allows Flow Cells to be configured to fit smaller footprints than other material handling solutions typically present on an assembly line. A minimized footprint means storing more parts and products lineside while increasing the available space on the line for value added activities.
- Streamline Movements – Flow Cells streamline movements of product through the assembly process by ensuring the fewest number of non-value added activities take place on the assembly line. Identifying and eliminating (or at least reducing) non-value added activity is the key to streamlining a manufacturing process on the assembly line.
As product life cycles shrink and you offer a widening range of products, the need for flexibility and space consolidation in your assembly processes is even greater than ever. These benefits ensure you are better able to control your inventories, decrease the footprint of your assembly line, and produce higher quality products in less time and at lower costs. UNEX Flow Cells provide this flexibility, while eliminating wasted space and wasteful activities that choke up the assembly line. UNEX.
To learn more about the benefits a Flow Cell can bring to your manufacturing operation, download our Lean Manufacturing Guidebook. You’ll discover more of the awesome benefits of Flow Cell, and see how other manufacturers turned to UNEX to help their operations pump up their Pickability.