LEAN Manufacturing with Kardex Horizontal Carousels
Are you looking to improve your manufacturing parts storage? Horizontal Carousels use lean manufacturing initiatives, to cut out waste and maximize productivity. If you are looking for a way to do more with less, a Kardex Remstar Horizontal Carousel is a great option. Horizontal Carousels with FastPic inventory management software can increase productivity, save floor space, improve picking accuracy, and give you a quick return on investment.
Kardex Remstar Horizontal Carousels Increase Productivity and Picking Accuracy
With Horizontal Carousels equipped with FastPic inventory management technology, workers can batch pick orders instead of walking around searching for parts one at a time. Here is an example of how the horizontal carousel can increase productivity output: Several orders are sent to a batch workstation to be processed. The horizontal carousels automatically rotate for the first pick, and by using pick lights the operator is directed to the exact location of the first pick. The operator picks the quantity indicated on the pick screen and distributes the parts into six order bins as directed by the FastPic software. As the operator is distributing the parts from the first pick, the other horizontal carousels begin rotating to the next pick, virtually eliminating operator dwell time. This process repeats until the six parts in the batch are filled. One company that recently invested in the Kardex Horizontal Carousel (view image gallery) was able to reduce their picking staff from 5 to 3 people, which equates to a 40% labor savings.
The Horizontal Carousel also allows for quick hot picks when they are needed. Simply push a button and the carousel rotates to deliver the part to the pick station. Once the hot pick part is delivered to the operator, they can easily transition back to the batch order process. The ability to deliver hot picks speeds up the time to retrieve parts without disrupting the batch picking process.
Kardex Remstar Horizontal Carousels Save Floor Space and Money
Depending on your exact situation you can save 40% of your manufacturing floor space with a Kardex Horizontal Carousel (View video). For example, a company had 7,000 square feet of warehouse space and 1,600 square feet of additional off-site storage space for storing parts. With the Horizontal Carousel, they were able to store all their parts onsite in 5,000 square feet, for a 42% space savings. With the space and labor savings, the Kardex Remstar Horizontal Carousel provides you a quick return on investment in as little as 18 months.