This article published in Assembly Magazine, covers many practical “lessons learned” and why flexibility and flow are critical to efficient assembly line design.
Whether you’re designing a new line or improving an existing one, this is a must-read article. It’s jam packed with best practices and how-to tips for planning and implementing a successful lean assembly line layout. You’ll walk away having learned something new including specific proven, actionable approaches that can be applied to your unique production environment.
Is your storeroom layout designed for optimal flow? Does it have a place for everything and everything in its place? Do you have the right equipment to make effective use of available shop space and promote efficient storage and retrieval of parts? Are you leveraging material kitting? If not, you’ll want to read this article. It explains, in plain English, the remaining five steps of a ten-step systematic methodology; from developing an effective kitting strategy to designing the detailed floorplan and more.
A common misconception is lean manufacturing principles and practices are mostly applicable to high volume, low mix manufacturing like Toyota. This is not the case when judicially applied as you’ll see in this article. From assigning the right team to proper 5S tactics, here are the beginning steps to creating a more efficient storage environment.