Randy Blaylock, VP of Sales for eFlex Systems, recently discussed how material flow and presentation starts with kitting work instructions featured in Manufacturing Tomorrow magazine. Work instructions for kitting parts are fundamental to a comprehensive material handling solution. Just as kit trays are customized to meet the needs of the individual kits, transport systems documented in work instruction must be customized for efficiency and space utilization. Material transport systems such as conveyor systems, gravity flow racks, tuggers and carts, must be configurable.
Lean implementations must be documented to ensure that materials are transported throughout a production system free from cosmetic or functional part damage. Part damage results when work instructions do not account for sufficiently contained, protected, or packaging during the material transport process.
According to Blaylock, in a manufacturing facility, most parts damage occurs due to poor protection and packaging design at some point in the process. Parts are subject to conditions that affect product quality (dents, scratches, and impacts). Documented material protection processes must be paperless and verified in real-time. An effective Job Element Monitoring (JEM) system takes into consideration how parts are best packaged, moved, and presented until they are finally used. All these steps must be followed as instructions are shown for the station or each task. As tasks are enabled and completed, the JEM software will automatically show the current task status, time, instruction image, and text.
Of the three functional areas of material handling (material protection, flow, and presentation), JEM technology ensures that parts move safely and efficiently through the process. This paperless and holistic approach to material handling, encompasses the process from kitting to the shipping dock.
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