Kitting involves assembling separate but related items into a single unit or kit that is packaged together.
In Just In Time (JIT) manufacturing, sequencing refers to delivering kits of materials to the next station exactly when they are needed to ensure maximum efficiency.
For example, in automotive manufacturing, kits of parts are delivered to the next stage of production at exactly the time that a kit is needed. Assembling kits in this way is also known as "offline kitting."
Pick-to-light solutions help ensure kits are assembled accurately at a fast pace and can be delivered to the next stage of production at the right time.
Kitting and sequencing applications can be challenging because kits and other assemblies are often made of many different components. Each kit must be assembled correctly to ensure that end users, or assemblers at the next stage of production, receive a complete kit.
Due to the number of items, and the variety of kits that may be assembled at a station, it can be easy for assemblers to lose track of what has already been put in the kit. For example, they may accidentally leave out items or add duplicate items, which increases costs and makes parts inventory management a challenge.
Manually verifying that each kit is complete, and does not contain duplicates, is time-consuming and prone to error. Therefore, it is necessary a solution that can streamline assembly tasks and verify accuracy.
Just In Time sequencing applications depend on a fast, accurate kit building to ensure that kits arrive at the next station at the right time and contain all of the necessary parts.
A smaller version of the K50 Series, the K30 Pick-to-Light Series combines a bright indicator light with solid-state, touch-activated switching.