Chris Mosby with Topper Industrial, recently discussed how one piece flow and small lot delivery can improve flexibility. One piece flow refers to the concept of moving one workpiece at a time between operations within a workcell. Mosby explores the top ten benefits of Fork Truck Free with one-piece flow and small lot delivery in a series.
One piece flow requires that production of the product moves from one stage to the next stage one piece at a time. Lot production is quite different and hampers flexibility because several units are made at a given stage and are then all are moved to the next stage at the same time. Most operational excellence practitioners promote one piece movement because it synchronizes effectively with just-in-time (JIT) production while eliminating idle time between the units. With lot production, the first piece made cannot move to the next step until the last piece in the lot is made. The result is lot production incurs waste as the first and subsequent product remains idle.
Less inventory on the floor allows lead times to drop, which provides flexibility to product increased customer orders.
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Topper Industrial, leaders in the material handling equipment industry, will be exhibiting at MODEX 2018 April 9-12, 2018 at booth B4475.
About Topper Industrial
For more than twenty years, Topper Industrial, (www.TopperIndustrial.com) based just outside of Milwaukee, WI, has been a leader in the material handling equipment industry. The company’s product roster features industrial carts, conveyors, lifts, lifts & tilts, shipping racks, containers, casters, and cart components. From mother-daughter carts to quad steer carts to tilt carts and rotate carts, Topper’s material handling solutions make delivering material line side more effective through more efficient practices. Topper Industrial has a team of experienced professional experts able to assess and provide the right product for all material handling equipment requirements.
Topper Industrial is a proud member of MHI. The Topper Industrial client roster includes Anderson Windows, Detroit Diesel, Honda, Kia Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Aramark, Johnson Controls, Whirlpool, and Caterpillar. Follow on Twitter @TopperInd. Call 800-529-0909.
Company Name: Topper Industrial
Contact Person: Jillian Burrow, Marketing Manager
Address:1729 NE Frontage Road
Country: United States