Since the days of Henry Ford the conveyor has traditionally been at the heart of the production line concept. However it is ineffective and expensive unless cycle times are short, batch sizes are high and product variation is strictly limited.
In recent years batch sizes have reduced and product variety has increased and there has been a significant growth in cell based manufacturing. However the materials handling solutions that support this have continued to be labour intensive.
The arrival of the iCart is an opportunity to take a fresh look at existing methods.
The iCart can offer major benefits:
- flexible, easy to expand and modify
- reduced manpower requirements
- product and material flow capability
- significant floor space savings
- reduced work in progress
- improved access
- lower maintenance
- lower energy costs