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Parts & raw material supply solutions
With recent trend of HMLV (high-mix, low-volume) manufacturing, parts supply to assembly lines is often a bottle neck, lowering efficiency and reducing productivity.
- 1.Downsized parts
- 2.Increasing SKU
- 3.High-mix Low-volume production
Increasing parts supply cost due to growing picking frequency
An additional buffer area is often provided near production area to solve this issue. However, the additional transporting process and decentralized inventory control rather increases intralogistic costs.
Daifuku's solution is to simplify the intralogistic process using AS/RS and transport system to free human from no value-adding work. In the model system below, miniload AS/RS automatically feeds parts to overhead monorail system according to production line needs. The monorail system then picks up the load and delivers to designated stations within the assembly area.
This solution provides following benefits as a result.
Since the overhead conveying system supplies materials directly from the AS/RS to assembly area, supply workers for handling between the main stock and the secondary buffer are no longer needed.
The AS/RS directly supplies according to production line needs. This eliminates the need for a secondary buffer near production lines.
Automated supply reduces lead time, making production schedules more flexible.
Centralized control of inventory in AS/RS optimizes inventory handling.
Reduced human or forklift traffic results in safer working environment.
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