From automotive and aerospace to textiles, filtration systems and more, manufacturing depends on maximizing efficiency at every level to succeed in a competitive global marketplace. With profit margins often less than 10 cents on each dollar of revenue, the just-in-time system reflects the industry’s extreme cost consciousness. Processes are carefully tuned to maximize output while minimizing waste in the face of space constraints, labor challenges and cost pressures. Materials arrive on-site just before manufacturing commences, enabling production operations to stay lean and squeeze maximum output out of available space, but leaving little slack time and margin for error.

This piece covers a hypothetical scenario that illustrates how more efficient technology, specifically changing the power source on electric lift trucks, can enable a manufacturer to unlock greater productivity at lower cost – just what lean production operations need.


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