A Kardex Automated Storage System Helps with LEAN Manufacturing and Distribution
LEAN manufacturing and distribution techniques are used to eliminate waste that occurs in any organization as a normal consequence of doing business. A Kardex Automated Storage System will help you to improve your processes in several different categories, which will reduce your overall waste while increasing your bottom line. These Lean manufacturing and distribution techniques in combination with a Kardex Automated Storage System will assist you in decreasing overproduction; wait time; redundant motion; disproportionate processing and transportation of goods; and excessive inventory. Click here to learn more about automated storage systems.
LEAN Manufacturing and Distribution Technique #1: Reduce Overproduction
Inflexible or unreliable processes cause organizations to produce goods before they are required. Every Kardex Automated Storage System is designed to store various sized products and can be easily configured to accommodate physical changes of stored inventory quickly. Allowing you to keep only the inventory you need on hand, effectively reducing overproduction.
LEAN Manufacturing and Distribution Technique #2: Decrease Wait Time
Due to inefficient layouts or an inability to match demand with output levels, workers experience wasted wait time between jobs or when retrieving parts. The nature of the Kardex Automated Storage System is to batch parts and bring them to the operator using computerized methods to increase productivity and eliminate walk and search time. Batch picking, pick-to-light and inventory management software are just a few ways to decrease wait time.
LEAN Manufacturing and Distribution Technique #3: Eliminate Redundant Motion
Unsafe and unnecessary excessive and redundant motions due to poorly designed processes causes safety risks, worker fatigue and loss of morale, which can lead to high turnover and workers compensation claims. The Kardex Automated Storage System delivers items to the operator at an ergonomically positioned counter eliminating unnecessary and unsafe motions such as climbing, reaching, bending, and walking to search for parts.
LEAN Manufacturing and Distribution Techniques #4: Reduce Disproportionate Processing and Transportation of Goods
Waste is accrued when overly complex processes are used when simpler more efficient ones would suffice. In addition, transporting goods unnecessarily always increases costs and the risk of damage. Maximizing the storage of goods at or next to the point of use with a Kardex Automated Storage System reduces disproportionate processing and transportation of goods from a storage area to a work cell.
LEAN Manufacturing and Distribution Techniques #5: Eliminate Excessive Inventory
Inventory problems arise because of uncertainty with regard to quantity levels, delivery lead times, poor inventory management techniques, etc. The Kardex Automated Storage System has multiple levels of integrated “point and click” software that helps manage inventory to ensure you have the right product at the right time and at the right place eliminating excessive inventory.
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Designing and installing Kardex Automated Storage Systems is an important part of our business. Contact us today by phone at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message to speak with one of our material handling storage specialists to provide you with some LEAN manufacturing and distribution techniques that will eliminate waste in your facility.