If you are looking to reduce inventory and space, while […]
If you are looking to reduce inventory and space, while boosting productivity, UNEX Flow Cells are a great start. They provide substantial benefits of axle assembly line to your assembly environment, including:
Housekeeping – 5S is a housekeeping method for the shop floor consisting of 5 rules that eliminate waste and foster a lean environment. The five S’s are organization, orderliness, cleanliness, standardization, and discipline. Flow Cells help you have a place for everything and everything is in its place, drastically reducing the clutter that can slow down the assembly line activity and eat up valuable workspace.
Compact Plant Layout – Flow Cells are modular flow rack systems that can be specifically designed to a manufacturer's unique needs. This allows Flow Cells to be configured to fit smaller footprints than other material handling solutions typically present on an assembly line. A minimized footprint means storing more parts and product lineside while increasing the available space on the line for value-added activities.
Streamline Movements - Flow Cells streamline movements of product through the assembly process by ensuring the fewest number of non-value added activities take place on the assembly line. Identifying and eliminating (or at least reducing) non-value added activity is the key to streamlining a manufacturing process on the assembly line.
UNEX Flow Cell Lineside Storage Unit at Diamler Trucks
As product life cycles shrink and you offer a widening range of products, the need for flexibility and space consolidation in your assembly line flow process is even greater than ever. These benefits ensure you are better able to control your inventories, decrease the footprint of your assembly line, and produce higher quality products in less time and at lower costs. UNEX Flow Cells provide this flexibility while eliminating wasted space and wasteful activities that choke up the assembly line.
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Members of MHI’s Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems (AGVS) Product Group are the industry’s leading suppliers of automatic guided vehicle systems.
Automatic guided vehicle (AGV) systems move parts and materials in many industries—automotive, chemicals, plastics, hospital, newspaper, commercial printing, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, warehousing and distribution and manufacturing.
For manufacturers, however, AGV systems can do more than carry parts and materials from location to location. They can form the actual assembly lines where the parts and materials are put together. Assembly lines at Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Harley Davidson, John Deere and Yamaha are composed of AGV systems.
“Automakers have only a few days to change their lines to accommodate new car designs,” says David Noble, senior sales engineer with Daifuku North America Holding Company.
“Assembly lines consisting of physical pieces of equipment tied together and bolted to the floor make changes difficult to make on a short schedule. The auto industry searched for years for ideas that would speed line conversions.”
AGV systems answered the call.
In fact, the auto industry discovered AGV systems quite a while ago. The first automatic guided vehicles were manufactured in the 1950s. Called tuggers, they were tow tractors used to ferry parts to stations on the manufacturing line.
On an AGV system assembly line, driverless vehicles move from workstation to workstation carrying parts and partial assemblies. A worker or workers at a station carries out the assembly task, and the system sends the AGV along to the next station.