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The Role of Modular Tooling Systems in Lean Manufacturing

More than ever, efficiency and profitability drive the modern manufacturing industry. Additionally, waste mitigation and management are more critical than ever. In this vein, many manufacturers opt for implementing the lean manufacturing methodology. 

What role do modular or flexible tooling systems play in lean manufacturing? First, let’s zoom in on lean manufacturing and the success it has brought one world-renown company.

What is Lean Manufacturing?

Lean manufacturing is a methodology that centers on waste reduction and high-value results from the consumer’s perspective. 

“Lean manufacturing is a production process based on an ideology of maximising productivity while simultaneously minimising waste within a manufacturing operation. The lean principle sees waste is anything that doesn’t add value that the customers are willing to pay for,” explains The Welding Institute. “The benefits of lean manufacturing include reduced lead times and operating costs and improved product quality.”

Toyota stands as the leading example in the world of lean manufacturing, having pioneered and refined the Toyota Production System, which improved upon Henry Ford’s approach to automobile manufacturing. The inception of the Toyota Production System led to what is commonly known today as lean manufacturing. 

“Lean manufacturing was introduced to the Western world via the 1990 publication of The Machine That Changed the World, which was based on an MIT study into the future of the automobile detailed by Toyota’s lean production system. Since that time, lean principles have profoundly influenced manufacturing concepts throughout the world,” explains TechTarget.

How do modular tooling systems fit into the lean manufacturing approach?

How Do Modular Tooling Systems Help Reduce Manufacturing Waste?

Modular or flexible tooling systems give companies the needed technology to create more adaptable and efficient assembly lines. Innovators like Toyota have used flexible assembly lines to solve consumer demand for adaptability and reduce waste. 

Modular tooling systems can help manufacturers to:

  • Adapt to changes in demand
  • Improve accuracy
  • Stay agile
  • Minimize downtime 
  • Extend system life
  • Remain competitive in their industry
  • Drive profitability
  • Fuel innovation

Manufacturers can customize their lines to fit current demands using modular tooling systems.

These systems allow for precision manufacturing without needing extensive machining or risking overbuilding. Additionally, flexible tooling systems are durable, maximizing ROI while reducing waste. 

Flexible tooling systems are useful in a wide range of manufacturing industries, including automotive, aerospace, marine, and more. In addition, these systems can be used for inspection, milling, drilling, waterjet, and other industrial applications.

Next-Generation Modular Tooling Systems

At Advanced Machine Works, we have developed flexible tooling systems to radically transform lean manufacturing. Our systems are truly flexible, capable of holding every part of every project, able to operate in even harsh environments, and ready to adapt to your existing machining cells and facilities. 

We’re rolling out the next generation of precision positioning systems, solving problems with existing flexible tooling technology. Learn more about our AccuCell6 and AccuLoc6 modular tooling systems. With industry-leading features like micron accuracy, easy installation, zero backlash, interchangeable attachments, and minimal foundation requirements, this system is ideal for manufacturers that must quickly adapt to the dynamic market. 

Get in touch to find out how our modular tooling systems can help keep your operations as lean as possible.

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