Manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler, reported how materials transported throughout a production system can affect not only a company’s lean implementation but also on product quality itself in the current issue of Quality Digest. The article, titled, “How System Integrators Support Quality Production,” Cutler looked at the three functional areas of material handling—material protection, flow, and presentation—and how technology can ensure that parts move safely and efficiently through the process. Cutler considered how a holistic approach to material handling, one that encompasses the process from kitting to the shipping dock, is better than a cobbled-together system that doesn’t consider the entire product production process.
“Ideally, material protection, flow, and presentation should be considered holistically, but most system integrators can best be described as order-takers. Rather than actively seeking all the possible integrated automation solutions for the customer, these integrators order products then deliver and install them. Integrators that take a holistic, consultative approach begin by analyzing and assessing its customer’s needs to acquire the best overall integrated solution. Often something as simple as tubing selection can achieve lean best-practice results,” explained Cutler.
To read the entire article, go to: http://www.qualitydigest.com/inside/quality-insider-article/material-handling-made-simple.html.
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About TR Cutler, Inc. and Thomas R. Cutler
TR Cutler, Inc. (www.trcutlerinc.com) was founded by Thomas R. Cutler fifteen years ago. Maintaining extraordinary relationships with clients, journalists, editors, trendsetters, and key business leaders worldwide, TR Cutler, Inc. has become a key resource for those writing about the manufacturing sector. Cutler founded Manufacturing Media Consortium in the 1999. Cutler is the author of several books and has become the “go to” resource among those who write about manufacturing and distribution. Follow on Twitter @ThomasRCutler.
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