Doing more with less – lean manufacturing

Jan 5, 2014

​Lean manufacturing enables you to slim down production lines and ultimately save money on production, labor, and energy costs. A manufacturing line that is lean is able to work smarter, not harder. Lean manufacturing lines also help to decrease waste produced during manufacturing while also speeding up the entire production process.


Lean man­u­fac­tur­ing is a trend that has been mak­ing its way around mar­kets for years. It is a very sim­ple idea – do the same or more pro­duc­tion with less work, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing qual­i­ty. The sev­en ways in which man­u­fac­tur­ing cre­ates wastes are: over pro­duc­tion, unnec­es­sary stock, inef­fi­cient trans­porta­tion, unnec­es­sary motion, wait­ing times, rejects and defects, and inap­pro­pri­ate processing. 

By find­ing ways to slim down pro­duc­tion lines, man­u­fac­tur­ers are able to save mon­ey on pro­duc­tion, labor and ener­gy costs. These advan­tages also reduce the amount of waste pro­duced dur­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing, which can be friend­ly to the environment.

A lean man­u­fac­tur­er is one that finds ways to work smarter instead of hard­er. For exam­ple, when you realign your pro­duc­tion line to use indus­tri­al robot­ic work cell automa­tion, which can per­form sev­er­al appli­ca­tions at one work­sta­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ers are able to do away with sev­er­al dif­fer­ent steps that are not nec­es­sary to the pro­duc­tion process. This not only reduces waste, but it also speeds up pro­duc­tion, mak­ing the entire process more efficient.

As men­tioned above, a man­u­fac­tur­er that choos­es lean prac­tices is also invest­ing in clean­er man­u­fac­tur­ing. When a com­pa­ny reduces the amount of waste it pro­duces dur­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing, it is good for every­one involved. How is this done? By invest­ing in equip­ment like indus­tri­al robots that are more pre­cise in their appli­ca­tions. This means that they don’t use as much mate­r­i­al dur­ing dis­pens­ing and weld­ing process­es and do not remove too much dur­ing removal process­es. This crack­down on work­er errors, by switch­ing to robot automa­tion, com­plete­ly leans the manufacturer’s pro­duc­tion tac­tics. When this waste is not pro­duced, it also is more envi­ron­men­tal­ly-friend­ly, while sav­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers mon­ey on mate­r­i­al costs.

Are you a man­u­fac­tur­er that would like to invest in lean­er man­u­fac­tur­ing prac­tices through an indus­tri­al automa­tion solu­tion? If so, con­tact Robots​.com. Robots​.com pro­vides solu­tions from sev­er­al top robot­ics com­pa­nies, includ­ing ABB, KUKA, Motoman, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and Fanuc. Our staff will work with you to build the per­fect lean sys­tem for your pro­duc­tion practices.

For more infor­ma­tion on automat­ing your facil­i­ty with Robots​.com, con­tact us online or at 8777626881.

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