Is accumulation compatible with Lean Manufacturing?
We like to use the term Lean Accumulation to describe our approach to production.
- Not enough accumulation hurts efficiency and requires everything to run longer to make production goals.
- Too much accumulation is wasteful since after a certain point it provides a diminishing rate of return.
- The wrong kind of accumulation wastes energy, water, and floorspace.
- Putting accumulation in the wrong location won’t help overall efficiency.
Garvey’s approach to accumulation is to:
- Size the accumulation appropriately
- Reduce resource consumption
- Finding the optimal place in the line for accumulation
Can I get a Garvey representative to take a look at my production line and make recommendations?
Sure! Our sales engineers would love to stop by your facility and do a free line analysis. To find the right person for your area, visit our contact page.
Can you maintain orientation while accumulating?
We have two accumulators (Serpentine, and Quadra Flo) that maintain orientation while accumulating. Our Bi-Flo and Infinity tables can also maintain orientation if direction is unimportant (ie. which way the label is facing).
Can you handle my product on an Infinity?
Send product samples to our address. We’ll run them on our test unit and send you a video of the results.
Can an Infinity save floor space?
Other accumulation solutions require mass flow conveyors snaking back and forth and long pressureless combiners to single file the product. Our tables accumulate and single file in one machine saving a tremendous amount of floor space.
Can an Infinity save energy consumption?
Our Infinity table uses far fewer motors and variable frequency drives than a traditional mass flow accumulation system and that means less electricity. It’s clean construction requires less water during sanitation shifts. If you use a soap and water lubrication system, it will also use less water than a mass flow conveyor system.
Feel free to contact us with any questions:
Visit our contact page and set up an appointment with one of our experience sales engineers who can help answer all these questions about your line.