What is Lean Manufacturing?
Lean manufacturing can be defined as “a systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste through continuous improvement by flowing the product at the demand of the customer”. Essentially, lean is centered on making obvious what adds value by reducing anything else.
What is a waste?
While processes differ between factories and warehouses, the typical types of waste found are quite similar and always involve inefficient use of time and money. Waste is any expense or effort which doesn’t generate a product or a service that a potential client is willing to pay for.
Wastes in warehousing
Conventional racking, shelving, drawer cabinets still used in many facilities often contributes to this waste as they occupy significant valuable space within the facility. These also lead to slower process flows where time is mainly spent locating and retrieving parts.
High-density automated vertical storage systems can help factories and warehouses to significantly optimize manufacturing processes, dramatically improve efficiency and productivity by eliminating the following wastes:
2. Excess Processing/ Inappropriate Processing
4. Labor cost
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