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11 Material Conveyance Methods

Welcome to Lesson 11 on the topic of Material Conveyance.  At this point we’ve detailed a Plan for Every Part, we’ve considered the Lean Material Management principles, and designed parts presentation and replenishment routes.  The question remains:  “How shall we physically convey these parts to Line-side?”

In many Mixed-Model Flow Lines, there may not be one easy answer.  Given the number and variety of items that must be replenished, different categories of parts will likely require different conveyance methods and procedures – so the final Lean Material Management system is frequently a hybrid.  But the key thing is:  the Materials Team must support the Manufacturing Team with all seven Rights:  Part, Quantity, Container, Sequence, Time, Place and Cost. 

This lesson is all about understanding the strengths and limitations of the six main conveyance methods used in designing a Material Flow System. Your decisions on conveyance will be documented in your final Materials Flow Plan, your PFEP analysis, and be based upon Mixed Model Line Design principles. We will be analyzing the six main conveyance methods used in designing a Material Flow System.