The Japanese introduced the concept of “just-in-time” manufacturing. But Western industry brought the infrastructure to make it happen.
Efficiency starts as a mental process but finds its reality in the refined gears of modern manufacturing facilities. A-state-of-the-art facility is not just the equipment. The vision of a captain of industry shapes the tools and levers into a living machine. This machine is capable of producing product at great speed and with unmatched quality.
The new modality of lean logistics propels production into the lead of manufacturing practices. Read on to learn more.
Lean Logistics: What it Means
Lean logistics is the cornerstone of modern manufacturing thinking. It works by a self-correcting loop of feedback and implementation. Creating an efficient manufacturing process reduces costs top to bottom. The faster a product can be made while ensuring total quality, the shorter the time between expense and profit. Reducing waste also improves productivity.
The pathway through implementation to feedback starts with better layouts of manufacturing and warehouse spaces.
Better Layouts = Maximized Time
The best layout may not be apparent at the start. Many manufacturing plants experiment to find the ideal mixture of raw materials to completed product. The key points to remember in creating a layout are material flow, product flow, and transportation routes.
Materials that can move without employees moving with it is safer and more efficient. Minimize movement of employees by maximizing the flow of materials, not the other way around.
Intuitive Tracking: Don’t Find It, Always Have It
A leading source of waste in manufacturing is losing product and materials. This requires man hours to seek out and reclaim what was there all along. Intuitive tracking reduces waste by placing materials where they should be, not where someone thought they were.
When material leaves one part of the manufacturing area, it should have a direct path to the next area. Finished product needs to end up near shipping. Moving product through the production floor works best when each step is clearly understood. This prevents loss and ensures that quality is maintained across the line.
Package Handling Lifts
Installing package handling lifts improves floor layouts. This allows the workspace to think more vertically. It eliminates wasted movement of employees transporting themselves and product from one level to another. Even if your manufacturing area only has one level, lifts can clear valuable floor space by transferring conveyors overhead. A clean floor is a safe floor.
Multiple types of package handling lifts exist. Each helps to maximize space and increase productivity in the spirit of lean logistics. For instance:
- Self-contained lifts provide safe transportation of goods across levels. There’s no fear of losing contents to unstable stacks or spilled contents.
- Fully-automated and conveyorized systems can seamlessly integrate with other manufacturing devices. This way, they can automatically move materials to their destination without waiting for forklifts or pallet jacks.
How to Find the Right Fit
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