A Peek inside the Plant
At Toyotetsu, components are stored in plastic boxes or hand totes, depending on weight and size. Operators drive tuggers down aisles to find and pick parts, place them on carts, and deliver them to the welding area.
In August 2011, Andy and his team recognized that Toyota’s projected growth would result in a tight squeeze for the existing tugging zone. Some flow racks had been used since the plant opened in 2007, “but we knew we needed a complete UNEX system to save space and increase storage density for components,” says Andy.