Optimizing Flow Through Lean Cell Design
Oct 4, 2012
When thinking about optimizing a work cell with automation, it is important to think about a few specific items. These things will help to decrease waste and increase overall productivity on your production line.
Lean manufacturing involves adjusting processes to efficiently generate a product just-in-time. Producing too much or too little leads to waste or an unhappy customer. When tailoring to a lean production line, cell design is an important step to accomplishing this goal.
Before designing or choosing a work cell, here are some things to think about:
What portion of the production line will the work cell be used for?
What application will be performed?
How will a part be loaded and unloaded from the machine or area?
Which direction it will be moving?
How much floor space do you have?
How do you want to mount the robot?
Will an operator be involved? If so, will the operator need access to the robot, machine or product?
How fast does a product need to be produced?
Choosing the best location and orientation for your cell design plays a major role in lean manufacturing. Then utilizing the correct type and size of a robot helps you reduce errors later on and adds more flexibility.
Lean cell design increases product throughput and reduces waste. It creates an efficient process flow that reduces errors and increases speed. Understanding the entire process flow is important to how the material, people and information flow through a system.
Robots.com understands that lean designs profits a business. If you would like to learn more on how to automate part of your production line or make it more lean, contact Robots.com here, or call 877−762−6881.
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