Keeping production on track with the right components in high variability, low volume assembly and manufacturing can be a headache that tends to affect throughput. When product variations are small in nature but important to functionality, these issues can not only affect production efficiency, it can also make trouble in keeping quality on track.
The best answer is to manage variations through offline kitting of parts, but implementing a kitting process can present its own problems. The kitting department could be too slow to match production timetables. It could also be too fast, causing storage and routing issues digging out certain production kits at the right time to match production needs.
To solve these problems and more, Midwest Engineered Systems has developed a production Automated Storage and Retrieval (AS/RS) system to provide the sort of production efficiency and flexibility that kitting was intended to supply. We’ve put together a whitepaper that outlines in broad strokes how our AS/RS buffer system can introduce greater efficiency, reduce quality issues and help provide greater throughput for existing manufacturing operations.
If you would like to discuss further if an MWES AS/RS system is right for your application, contact us today.