New concept of assembly line for one piece flow manufacturing
With an increasing trend towards customisation of finished products, combined with small batch sizes, a UK manufacturer needed to increase its flexibility without compromising quality and efficiency. To meet these requirements, it turned to Minitec for a new assembly line concept - a one piece production flow line built around Minitec’s aluminium profile system.
The new concept lines are perfect for multi-shift operation and the frequently changing teams operating the lines. The design from Minitec also needed to be able to address issues of safe and ergonomic working conditions and quick start up/changeover times, even when dealing with multi product manufacturing and assembly.
The Minitec profile-based solution met all of the requirements of the manufacturer. Electronic interfaces link the manufacturing process to the operator’s ERP systems and ensure that the correct documentation, work instructions, etc, are available for each order being produced on the line.
Before the job starts the operator scans the order in and his screen will pull up which item is to be produced and details the variants required. Minitec’s software controls the line and adjustments to the assembly process can be made with minimal software modification. By deploying new generation wireless power tools torque settings and speed can be adjusted according to the requirement of the job in hand.
The flow line manufacturing concept is an essential part of reducing waste on the line and neatly fits in with the Industry 4.0 push towards automation of hitherto manually processed activities.
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