Lean Manufacturing or lean production is a systematic process that’s primary objective is to eliminate waste within the manufacturing system. The philosophy is derived primarily from the Toyota Production System or TPS. Essentially Lean is centred on what adds value to production by reducing everything else. The process identifies seven wastes, Transportation – Inventory – Motion – Waiting – Over Processing – Over Production and Waste.
Connect-A-tube is a modular system that helps in the implementation of many of these processes. For example kitting trolleys can be assembled to hold sub-assemblies and parts needed for production. This improves efficiency by having all necessary parts on hand and organised rather than having operators constantly chasing the parts they need therefore waiting times are reduced. Another example is cell production – Connect-A-tube can be used to assemble workstations, carts and trolleys etc that allow workflow to be more organised, again this improves organisation and time management.
The Toyota Production System relies heavily on products that can be assembled quickly and reused again as the overall process is constantly improving. Pipe and Joint Systemswere introduced by Toyota to help improve production because the product is modular, economic and easy to use. Solutions can be provided quickly and as the production system changes the parts can be disassembled and reused to make new equipment. This reduces capital costs.