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Efficient material handling is important to manufacturing operations. Materials sent by vendors must be unloaded, moved through inspections and production operations to stores and finally to the shipping department.
These movements do not add value to the product but they do add value to the cost
Reduction in manufacturing cycle time through faster movement of materials and by reducing the distance through which the materials are moved. Reduction in manufacturing cycle time results in reduced work –in –progress inventory costs.
Improved working conditions and greater safety in movement of materials
Contribute to better quality by avoiding damage to products by inefficient handling
Increased storage capacity through better utilisation of storage areas
When drawn on paper, the flow pattern becomes a flow chart, which will help locate needless criss crossing and back tracking of material movements. Once unwanted movements are known, steps can be taken to eliminate or reduce such moves.