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MiniTec designs new assembly line for one piece flow manufacturing

16 August 2017

A new concept of production assembly lines from MiniTec improves quality and efficiency and is Lean and Industry 4.0 compliant. Click to read more.

With an increasing trend towards customisation of the finished product and small batch sizes the manufacturer needs to be as flexible as possible without compromising quality and efficiencies. One piece production flow lines need to be able to address the issues of safe and ergonomic working conditions and quick start up/changeover times even when dealing with multi product manufacturing and assembly. The new concept lines are also perfect for multi-shift operation and the frequently changing teams operating the lines.

Lean and Industry 4.0 compliant

The modular aluminium profile based manufacturing line concept is designed to meet the testing challenges facing the manufacturer. Electronic interfaces will link the manufacturing to the operator’s ERP systems and ensure that the correct documentation, work instructions etc., are available for each order being produced on the line. The flow line manufacturing concept is an essential part of reducing waste on the line and neatly fits in with the Industry 4.0 push towards automation of hitherto manually processed activities.

Before the job starts the operator scans the order in and his screen will pull up which item is to be produced and details the variants required. MiniTec’s software controls the line and adjustments to the assembly process can be made with minimal software modification. By deploying new generation wireless power tools torque settings and speed can be adjusted according to the requirement of the job in hand.

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