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Materials Handling Case Study Futaba

Our team at Mobility Engineering has been pleased to work with a major car parts manufacturer, Futaba, based in Burnley, Lancashire. Futaba Tenneco UK Limited in Burnley produce steel components for one of the world's largest car producers. 

Improvements in Health and Safety

In order to manufacture the car parts the Futaba factory was filled with fork lift trucks and steel stillages. The team at Mobility was brought into the production area to look at both the health and safety implications of the amount of fork lift trucks moving around the facility together with the need to improve workflow and productivity.

Trialing a New System

After inspecting the site and the work processes involved, the team at Mobility introduced a trial system, which used simple gravity tracking (gravity rollers). However, after the trial, it was obvious to the team that a more bespoke conveyor materials handling system was required which would utilise both two and three tiered conveying, which would improve productivity and achieve a more cost effective result for the client.

Skate Wheels

As many of the tote bins used at the manufacturing plant weighed in at around 20 kilos and the wooden slave boards were around 200 kilos the system was installed using a mixture of steel and plastic skatewheels which worked incredibly well for the manufacturer.

An Excellent Materials Handling System

Futaba did invest an substantial amount of capital in improving their plant and material handlings systems, however, the increases in efficiency and organisation and planning have more than made up for this investment and the plant is now running with a very safe and efficient materials handling solution.

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