Many of our clients have adopted lean manufacturing practices into their production facilities. This creates a new set of material handling needs based on the manufacturing processes. Blue Arc has developed a number of different types of simple yet effective solutions used in lean manufacturing. Utilizing this equipment provides maximum efficiency for one piece flow, keeping the work in process quantities to a minimum and increasing our client’s throughputs. Following are a few highlighted projects recently completed.
Aerospace Lean Manufacturing Carts
A major Aerospace manufacturer contacted Blue Arc to provide a solution for a new lean manufacturing assembly cell. The application was to assemble jet engines on a portable engine stand that would improve operator ergonomics while also supporting the lean manufacturing initiatives of the project.
Part Buffer Carousel
The requirement for this project was to provide a two level buffer system for parts during an assembly process. Once a subassembly was completed, the operator would place the part on the top level. This simple system allowed for the appropriate buffer required. The outside diameter of this unit is roughly 12’, which allowed for a significant amount of accumulation. An electric motor drivetrain provided the continuous rotation of the carousel.
Automotive Plant Assembly Line Conveyors
A line side delivery system we required for an automotive assembly plant. A host of different systems to deliver parts – heater cores, dashboard assemblies, mufflers, etc. – was produced by Blue Arc to do these functions.