Did you know that the right materials handling can make a huge impact on your bottom line? Using the wrong assembly line methods has a negative effect on efficiency, lead times, worker morale, safety and even the quantity and quality of projects your facility can produce.
Fortunately, with the right materials handling tools, customized to meet your specific needs, your company can enhance speed, efficiency and safety. When your manufacturing processes operate at peak performance, you can expect an increase in product throughput which translates to increased sales (and that'll make your boss happy)!
To get your production line operating at its highest level, consider the following 5 materials handling solutions everyone in the manufacturing industry should be using.
#1 Custom Lift Table
Custom lift tables that elevate the work surface to an ergonomically pleasing height for employees is a huge win for your company. But hey, take it one step further and think modular! Put heavy duty casters on those custom lift tables so employees can shape the assembly line to fit the needs of your ever-changing product.
#2 Industrial Racks
Are your tables loaded up with "stuff"? Do you ever wish you had more shelf space? Its time you stop complaining and consider industrial racks which unlike shelves can be moved to accommodate your ever-changing production space. Industrial racks can:
- Preserve your super valuable floor space
- Organize other equipment and tools long- term
- Keep the work area safe by eliminating clutter
Industrial racks can be ready made or made-to-order. Customization can further enhance the benefits of the storage provided because its made according to your exact specifications.
#3 Work Positioners
Perhaps you were thinking that #1 Custom Lift Tables wasn't quite sophisticated enough for you product. Maybe you want to combine several products into one unit that can perform multiple tasks.
Objects and materials that are poorly positioned for employee handling can be down right dangerous for workers and your businesses’ bottom line. Prevent worker injury and damage to materials by investing in a custom work positioner designed for your product and more importantly your assembly process.
#4 Industrial Carts
Throw some wheels on that work positioner or your. Heck, why not a shelf or two? Now you have yourself a industrial cart that not only prevents injuries to employees but helps them organize their tools and move product from one area of the production line to the other with ease (an maybe even a little excitement).
While industrial carts are available in all shapes and sizes, you should consider customization for your unique uses, increased employee comfort and to help simplify operations.
For worker safety, efficiency and speed and to prevent damage to equipment, everyone in manufacturing should be using custom industrial carts.
#5 Reusable Crates
Think about your crate packaging, ask yourself: Is it being used multiple times? Is it being stored for long periods of time? Can it be introduced earlier in the assembly process and used as a part of the product rather than an after thought?
Reusable crates have a longer lifespan that one-time use crates. Different design components can help the wood crates survive long periods outdoors, have easy open/close access, or be stackable... just to name a few.
Reusable crates are a depreciating investment that pays for itself faster than single use wood crates. They can even be refurbished to help your company continue to capitalize off the initial investment. Use these buzz words in your pitch to the boss and be ready to be tapped employee of the month for your amazing cost saving ideas.