One part of the company's continuous flow manufacturing
process was integrating robotics to pick and move investment castings once they have been machined to specifications.
Continuous flow manufacturing
is practiced in the original process area, module 1, and in module 2 (operational in November 1997).
Then I hired the authors of the book to teach continuous flow manufacturing
to our company."
Some advantages of continuous flow manufacturing
with respect to batch manufacturing:
With its new facility, the company could apply continuous flow manufacturing
methods from the start and incorporate new engineering ideas to achieve the best, smoothest flow possible without having to change or accommodate pre-existing equipment or floor plans.
Continuous Flow Manufacturing
(CFM) builds on the familiar "pull" distribution strategies of reduced inventories and throughput time to meet the demands of a quickened marketplace in a cost-effective way, says Rap McBurney, Southeast region general manager of Tompkins Associates Inc, Raleigh, NC, an engineering-based consulting firm.
The job shop has been replaced by continuous flow manufacturing
along with automated materials handling.