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Even the simplest solutions can make the operation more “Lean”

22 September 2017

Lean manufacturing and management techniques may well involve capital projects which can mount up to a considerable overall cost to an operation.

Very often relatively low cost projects can make improvements to the operation and will deliver a payback over a very short period of time.

The Engineering and Maintenance Division of a well-known UK based airline group discovered an enormously time wasteful part of the traditional working practice.

The introduction of simple, ergonomically designed mobile workstations solved quite simply the old problem of the maintenance engineers not having a workstation close by and having to waste a lot of time walking back and forth to the very few computer equipped workstations located around the perimeter of the large hangar.

MiniTec designed and manufactured the customised workstations to fulfil their requirements. The workstations, situated in close proximity to the aircraft, are an integral part of a highly efficient zonal station where aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul teams are assigned their numerous tasks and allocated tools and equipment via the Wi-Fi connected stations – which are equipped with computers, data displays and printers. 

Consisting of a mother and extension station for standing use, the various design types utilises the flexibility of the MiniTec aluminium profile system to the full with a complement of standard modular components and third-party electronic equipment that is easily integrated into the assembly, with standard MiniTec adapters and fixings.

The workstations help provide a quality and consistent approach to aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul. A generous 2 x 1.2m inclined working surface is finished in a durable high-density plastic which is impervious to the chemicals and compounds encountered in the aircraft industry. Each workstation supplied includes a power inlet and multi-way distribution boards, a Wi-Fi router, brackets for 32” and/or 24” data displays, and document holders.

The fully portable units use lockable swivel castors and the aluminium end and rear panels are finished with the client’s livery and logos for a smart and aesthetic appearance that perfectly blends with the exceptionally clean work areas.

Modular aluminium profile systems are ideal for providing a basic mecanno type approach to constructing customised workstations and manufacturing lines, large or small.

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