There are two opposite ways to equip factories to respond quickly to downstream customer orders: One way is for sequential production, and the other is for concurrent production. Both draw heavily from best practices in lean manufacturing.
EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation is building the fifth and sixth of seven custom assembly and test systems for a Tier 1 automotive supplier. The systems will produce steering assemblies.
In the world of assembly, ABB is known primarily for its leading-edge industrial robots. But, there’s much more to this multinational corporation, which operates 300 manufacturing plants in 100 countries, has nearly 150,000 employees, and reported global revenue of $42 billion in 2013.