Sturtevant, WI -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/26/2017 -- According to Topper Industrial, Fork Truck Free (FTF) manufacturers are well-served with 5S workplace organization and standardization. It instills a five-step highly disciplined housekeeping technique, providing the "how to" for a manufacturer to clean-up the typically disorganized work area and ensure the success of lean manufacturing on the shop floor.
The 5 steps include: sort through all items and remove unneeded items; set in order remaining items, set limits, create temporary location indicators; shine or clean everything and use cleaning as inspection; standardize the first 3 S's by implementing visuals displays and controls; and sustain the gains through self-discipline, training, communication, and total employee involvement.
"By reducing or eliminating fork trucks the capacity to experience and learn the basic 5S methodology is dramatically enhanced. Workers at a cellular level or across the enterprise can complete visual orders with a minimum waste of motion in the work area. The result is maximized value-added work, including point-of-use communications resulting in reduced scrap and rework," explained Eric Brown, Head of Research & Development at Topper Industrial.
Additionally, because the impetus for FTF is safety and efficient ergonomics, there is an improve quality of work life and a basis for continuous improvement. More than 50 percent of all new distribution centers have a statement requiring that all new lines will be FTF. The need for creative, innovation solutions is in direct proportion with the demands of complexity, kitting, and efficiency while increasing safety, reducing line side inventory, delivering parts accurately, and increasing quality.
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About Topper Industrial
For more than twenty years, Topper Industrial, (http://www.TopperIndustrial.com) based just outside of Milwaukee, WI, has been a leader in the material handling equipment industry. The company's product roster features industrial carts, conveyors, lifts, lifts & tilts, shipping racks, containers, casters, and cart components. From mother-daughter carts to quad steer carts to tilt carts and rotate carts, Topper's material handling solutions make delivering material line side more effective through more efficient practices. Topper Industrial has a team of experienced professional experts able to assess and provide the right product for all material handling equipment requirements.
Topper Industrial is a proud member of MHI. The Topper Industrial client roster includes Anderson Windows, Detroit Diesel, Honda, Kia Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Aramark, Johnson Controls, Whirlpool, and Caterpillar. Follow on Twitter @TopperInd. Call 800-529-0909.