One of the few constants of today’s production and working world is its constant change. Markets and products are subject to rapid change, with which production and logistics also have to keep pace. a company’s success in the international competitive environment is not only determined by the quality and price of its products, but also by time.
Bringing a good idea to market as a product – before someone else does it, efficiently producing large quantities – at fair prices: These are the corporate goals that we at BeeWaTec consistently implement, in partnership and together with our customers, employees and sales partners.
Lean manufacturing, agile production and industry 4.0 are buzzwords that we bring to life on a daily basis. Because production and market advantages always arise when the right tool and the right material are available at the right place at exactly the right time.
We think: The workplace must adapt to the people and the company – not the other way around. To this end, we supply sustainable production environments, that are tailored to the respective individual circumstances. This ranges from the height of the employees, which we take as a benchmark when configuring Assembly– or Manual workplaces for example, to the spatial limits that we take into account with our automated Tugger train– and Automated guided vehicles. We were even awarded the prestige Top-100-prize for this.
Our product portfolio ranges from components for universal Modular systems to a fully equipped production environment that also includes the Visualisation. We support the customer from where he/she is in his/her company development at that moment. We implement his/her wishes – standardised, DIN-compliant and ISO-certified, but always as a flexible individual solution, which is designed virtually, tested and optimised in the BeeWaTec test centre under tough practical conditions. Installation, commissioning, training, technical support and further development are further implementation steps with which we consistently accompany our customers – until everything runs exactly as he/she has always imagined.
Our in-house research and development department also devotes a lot of time for finding out what the production environment of the future will look like and what customers will want in five or ten years’ time.
We are always one step ahead of our time in terms of ergonomics, efficiency and security of supply. Would you like to take the lead with us?
What are lean manufacturing methods?
Lean Manufacturing is a modern concept of production in various industries. Rather than a workflow, it is a managerial philosophy. It is primarily a matter of eliminating those parts of the process that can be removed so that the final price for the customer is as low as possible and so that he does not pay for unnecessary items, whether time or material.
Our company focuses on adhering to the principles of lean manufacturing and offers you to use this opportunity in your business. Our flexible tubular modular system and internal logistics systems serve as a tool for planning, managing and optimizing production processes, as well as for implementing lean manufacturing principles.
There are several processes in each company, some are necessary and some are extra – they bring no benefit. However, even for those, the customer often pays. Unnecessary processes are simply called waste. If the company’s manager wants to work on its prosperity with slow but effective and permanent steps, it is advisable to start by gradually eliminating waste.
Wasting was described by Taiichi Ono and divided into eight groups:
Companies store more material, semi-finished or finished products than necessary. This material then has high space requirements, everything must be stored somewhere. Also, regularly inspected or maintained in the required quality, so additional people are employed, or this activity takes time away from existing employees who could do something else. One of the principles of lean manufacturing is to make only those stocks that are confidently consumed in a given time horizon. You can optimize the material stocks at assembly sites, for example, by using custom-made tubular drop racks.
Are there unnecessary downtimes between the different parts of the process? Employees often wait for work, for the delivery of materials, for the repair of machines. Anything that slows down the work process so that it cannot be continued must be removed. The principle of lean manufacturing is to eliminate waiting times to a minimum. By assembling a production line or assembly tables from a pipe system into an efficient shape, you can minimize waiting. In the same way, by using our logistics trains, you can supply the production with the necessary material just in time – just in time.
Goods are often produced that have no customer, or at least not in the foreseeable future. It is said to be made in stock. However, the effect of time creates a situation that there will no longer be interest in uncollected goods for various reasons. Goods go out of fashion, much better methods are invented. The goods also degrade themselves over time (durability has expired for food, corrosion for metallic materials …). In the end, the goods must be disposed of, wasting not only material but also space and manpower.
Quality control is checked only at the end of the process, when special employees are needed. According to the principles of lean manufacturing, it is better for quality control to be built directly into the process. Some shortcomings may be detected in advance, which are cheaper to rectify immediately than if the final product had to be disposed of.
Repairs and reworking
The production of low-quality goods and scrap consumes unnecessary funds in several areas. Deterioration of material, time of employees and space, costs of removing the defect, or disposing of the wrong product, all jeopardize lean manufacturing methods. In addition, if the wrong product reaches the customer, it has a further impact on the repeated transport of goods, or on the subsequent distrust of the client, which is often priceless.
Inefficient movements and manipulations
Lean Manufacturing recommends eliminating unnecessary worker movements. Don’t employees waste too much time moving unnecessarily from one place to another? Is it not possible to arrange the individual components of the work line so that the work is better connected to each other? When implementing lean manufacturing, we ask which movements can be eliminated. We will design your workplace or the entire production line with regard to the ergonomics of your employees. We can connect individual workplaces with drop conveyors so that workers do not have to cross.
Unnecessary material handling
Unnecessary handling of materials and goods, transporting products from one place to another, moving from one warehouse to another, all this again consumes space and time, there are also unnecessary transport costs. More material is brought to the warehouse than the company is able to process.
Unused creativity of employees
Employees directly involved in production, ie those standing at production lines, can often have ideas for improvements that would reduce waste. Lean Management recommends encouraging employees not to hide their ideas, which will then be addressed by management. Our pipe system is basically similar to the children’s mercury kit, which adults also like to play with. Give your employees the opportunity to play and build their workplace according to their needs. The work will then go better and more efficient.