The UNEX Blog

Overproduction: Are you measuring volume or value?

In an industry where so much emphasis is placed on boosting productivity, it might seem counterintuitive to name overproduction as the primary source of waste. Yet across most organizations, it consistently is. That’s because the volume of work...

How to Make Sure Your Fulfillment Keeps Up with the Holiday Rush

This holiday season, both brick and mortar and online retailers (and those serving their shipping needs) are planning for increased shopping volumes.

MUDA (WASTES) The 7 Lean Wastes: A blog series in favor of lean manufacturing

What does lean mean? As a concept, it’s more complex and continuous than what will be discussed. The seven or eight wastes of lean are any activity or cost that the customer claims add no value. Waste, in lean terms, is any activity that does not add...

High Mix Low Volume Assembly

Henry Ford famously said, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black,” a remark that underscored his belief that mass production and fast assembly were necessary in order to build affordable, dependable cars...

How UNEX Modular Structures Reduce Maintenance Costs

In today’s market, manufacturing and assembly operations need to be more agile than ever to stay afloat. Operations need more than just efficient systems– they need equipment that minimizes downtime with as little cost to maintain and replace as...

Getting In Sync: The Importance of Putaways

When it comes to warehouse productivity measures, our industry tends to zero in obsessively on the picking function. Look at the metrics: we calculate and compare pick speeds, track hourly production vs. cost per pick per SKU, map inventory movement,...

10 Ways to Boost Warehouse Productivity

There are many different ways to optimize your warehouse. Choosing the best method ultimately depends on who you serve, what your product mix looks like, and what your specific points of pain are. However, there are fundamental areas that you can...

Lean Manufacturing 101

The core idea of lean manufacturing is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. Simply, lean means creating more value for customers with fewer resources. The term "lean" was coined to describe Toyota's business during the late 1980s by a...

How UNEX Gives You An Engineering Edge

UNEX engineers design material handling systems that will meet the strategic and operational goals of customers’ businesses. From system conception to engineering to final implementation, UNEX is with you every step of the way to guarantee a project’s...

2020 Vision: Growth for US Manufacturers

After a quarter century of decline, the future is looking bright for US manufacturers, according to a collaborative research effort between IndustryWeek Custom Research and Kronos Incorporated titled The Future of Manufacturing: 2020 and Beyond. In...

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