Why Lean Manufacturing?

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We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring new ideas to an already very successful breadth of industries across the Midlands. This week at the Made in the Midlands event in Birmingham, we are demonstrating how our new Graphit composite range can support manufacturing to establish a ‘Lean Manufacturing’ environment and the benefits these improvements can bring.

Lean manufacturing offers significant potential for manufacturers to improve their performance, increase efficiency and optimise processes.

This often involves making changes to the handling and storage of components, sub-assemblies and finished products, to create ergonomic working environments, that reduce the number of actions needed to complete a task or process. Making manufacturers responsive to changing conditions so that they can offer greater flexibility to their customers, shorten the value chain, invoice earlier, reduce inventory and save costs.

Increasingly the most popular way to support lean manufacturing is the ability to create production environments matched to very specific requirements with modular storage and handling solutions such as Graphit®, our composite system of tubing, connectors and accessories that can be assembled into structures such as live storage, carts, trolleys and ergonomic workstations.

Modular systems reduce production line design costs, because components are

  • inexpensive
  • interchangeable and
  • reusable.

Using modular systems as a solution can eliminate lengthy lead times and expense, as they are designed and created to support specific processes and, crucially, be reconfigured quickly and easily whenever improvements are required as the business evolves.

Modular installations will reduce the footprint of the working area, and be lighter and faster to implement than structures or solutions fabricated with traditional materials.

Lean manufacturing productivity is maximised because production environments are optimised to ensure a steady flow of materials. At the line-side, for example, live storage can be configured so that replenishment and retrieval tasks are maintained without disrupting production areas. Working areas are designed with components, tools and equipment within easy reach and trolleys and carts are matched to specific handling requirement.