An industrial company in Itasca, Illinois is the new owner of three brand new Modula vertical lifts. Vonberg Valve designs, manufactures and tests a unique product line of in-line and cartridge style valves, hydraulics, and more. Recently moved from Rolling Meadows to their state-of-the-art facility in Itasca, Vonberg wanted to maximize the amount of parts storage they could get in their new facility. Our vertical lift modules let them do exactly that, and in a few years, these Modula units will have paid for themselves! Check out the awesome installation below.
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: