Chris Mosby, the Lean Manager for Topper Industrial, recently explained how kitting impacts Lean operations. According to Mosby, the increasing use of kitting impacts lean operations because when manufacturers produce smaller volumes of products, kitting can be a useful way to ensure the right number of the right parts are staged for production.
Topper Industrial offers a wide variety of kitting solutions. Unlike large volume production where manufacturers deliver and replenish larger quantities of parts individually, delivery of parts in kits is a useful method of visual process control.
The use of kitting utilizes one of the fundamental elements of lean, “Visual Management.”
One of the keys to making rapid and sustained progress in transforming the factory through Lean principles is the correct application of visual management. Visual management makes it clear to everyone what is waste, what is a problem, what is normal, what are the standards are, etc. This makes it easy to train new people to work in the Lean system. In a visual factory, the problems should obvious because the default condition is “normal” and this is made visual through the use of tools such as lines, arrows, and more.
Even companies that are advanced in Lean must have good visual management in order to sustain a high level of performance. When things are visual it is possible to see the problems quicker and address the root cause of the problem. Not only does kitting ensure that the right parts and right amounts are being used, kitting also enables the user to quickly identify a problem if one occurs, reduce quality issues dramatically, and increase throughput due to less rework.
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About Topper Industrial
For more than twenty years, Topper Industrial, (www.TopperIndustrial.com) based just outside of Milwaukee, WI, has been a leader in the material handling equipment industry. The company’s product roster features industrial carts, conveyors, lifts, lifts & tilts, shipping racks, containers, casters, and cart components. From mother-daughter carts to quad steer carts to tilt carts and rotate carts, Topper’s material handling solutions make delivering material line side more effective through more efficient practices. Topper Industrial has a team of experienced professional experts able to assess and provide the right product for all material handling equipment requirements.
Topper Industrial is a proud member of MHI. The Topper Industrial client roster includes Anderson Windows, Detroit Diesel, Honda, Kia Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Aramark, Johnson Controls, Whirlpool, and Caterpillar. Follow on Twitter @TopperInd. Call 800-529-0909.
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