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Manufacturing Supermarket

What is a Manufacturing Supermarket?

A manufacturing supermarket mimics the functionality of a retail supermarket. Factory workers pull components from shelves as needed for manufacturing, similar to how shoppers pull products from grocery store shelves. Manufacturing supermarkets reduce transportation costs, make tracking inventory levels and identifying potential shortages easier, improve efficiency, and are often part of Lean manufacturing systems.

Where are Manufacturing Supermarkets Utilized?

Manufacturing supermarkets create miniature distribution centers close to assembly lines, allowing the lines to be replenished quickly and easily by tugger or manual carts, eliminating the need for fork truck traffic in personnel areas. Various industries utilize manufacturing supermarkets, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, and food processing.

UNEX FlowCell Manufacturing Supermarket for auto assembly

What are the Benefits of Implementing a Manufacturing Supermarket?

  • Increased Efficiency: By placing bulk storage as close to the assembly line as possible, manufacturing supermarkets help minimize the need for transportation, saving time and money while increasing efficiency.
  • Boosted Morale: Workers with easy access to the needed parts are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs. Happier workers can lead to increased productivity and decreased turnover.
  • Enhanced Quality: By ensuring that the right parts are available when needed, manufacturing supermarkets can help improve the final product's quality.
  • Improved Visibility: Manufacturing supermarkets make it easier to track inventory levels, which can help prevent stockouts and overstocks.

Create Manufacturing Supermarkets with UNEX

UNEX offers several cost-effective, flexible solutions to help your operation optimize space to improve processes and increase profits. With our portfolio of manufacturing solutions, we can:

  • Engineer structures that address your operation's unique storage needs
  • Implement solutions that flow and store totes, boxes, and loose parts of all shapes and sizes
  • Create tilted angle trays and knuckled tracks to increase visibility and deliver the most efficient and safe pick for your works
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Optimize Your Picking Operations with UNEX Manufacturing Supermarket Solutions

UNEX manufacturing supermarket solutions provide carton flow for the various storage mediums used in picking operations. In a manufacturing supermarket, SpanTrack is installed inside a rack, like Roller Rack, to create a structure where workers can pick parts destined for the assembly line. Our durable flow racks create a seamless integration between the manufacturing supermarket and other areas of the facility. For example, workers picking parts for assembly can use FlowCell mobile carts to transport said parts from the supermarket area to FlowCell lineside storage units or workstations. 

Build Manufacturing Supermarkets that Boost Efficiency and Space Utilization with UNEX

UNEX flow racks are ideal for manufacturing applications such as lineside storage, subassembly stations, supermarket racks, and modular mobile carts. FlowCell modular flow racks are proven to increase production efficiency by up to 30% within high-volume operations. Roller Rack is quick and easy to build, and it is perfect for manufacturing supermarkets due to its durable, flexible, and modular design. Utilizing FlowCell and Roller Rack with SpanTrack Lane or SpanTrack Wheel Bed will increase space utilization in your manufacturing supermarket area by up to 50%, reducing workers' search and travel times and streamlining replenishment.

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FlowCell flow racks are modular, dynamic storage units designed for a facility's unique operation. Our durable and portable workstations maximize efficiency and space for lineside storage, sub-assembly stations, supermarket racks, modular mobile carts, and more.

Additional Benefits Of FlowCell Include:

  • Increase space utilization by up to 50%
  • Boost production efficiency by up to 30%
  • Keep the factory floor organized
  • Minimize reaching and improve ergonomics by reducing injury and fatigue

Roller Rack

Roller Rack is a pre-engineered gravity flow rack designed to optimize efficiency, safety, and FIFO rotation in many settings. They are pre-configured, easy to assemble, and ready when your facility needs them.

Additional Benefits Of Roller Racks Include:

  • Quick and easy to build and install
  • Create bays seven times denser than pallet position storage
  • Reduce picker travel time by up to 75%
  • Improve access and visibility while reducing strain on workers

SpanTrack Lane

SpanTrack Lane is an innovative carton-flow solution that drops into new or existing pallet rack structures to create an efficient, reliable, and durable flow system. Depend on a robust and sturdy solution for even the most active warehouses and assembly plants.

Key benefits of Spantrack include:

  • Ensure FIFO inventory rotation
  • Reduce worker travel time by up to 75%
  • Optimized for product stacking
  • Industry-leading 7-year warranty

Pick Shelves

Tilted pick shelves significantly improve SKU visibility, resulting in faster order picking and more comfortable, precise picks for workers. Our easy-to-mount pick shelves are customizable and fit perfectly in racks and on workstations.

Additional Benefits Of Pick Shelves Include:

  • Integrate slow movers into the pick line to save space and increase efficiency
  • Eliminate the dead zone
  • Accelerate pick rates
  • Provide clear visibility and accessibility at the pick point and improve worker comfort

SpanTrack Wheel Bed

SpanTrack Wheel Bed is a flexible carton flow solution that drops into new or existing pallet rack structures to create the ultimate gravity flow rack system for order picking operations, manufacturing facilities, and more. 

Additional Benefits Of Spantrack Wheel Bed Include:

  • Hex hub wheel design for optimal flow
  • Store products with a wide variation in size and weight
  • Increase flexibility for inventory slotting with 90% left to right bay usage
  • Replenish inventory from the back without interrupting the process in front

More Applications

Packing Stations

Industrial Workstations

Each Picking

Picking Carts

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