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BCA acknowledge Flowstore’s storage expertise
BCA acknowledge Flowstore’s storage expertise
BCA acknowledge Flowstore’s storage expertise
BCA acknowledge Flowstore’s storage expertise
BCA acknowledge Flowstore’s storage expertise
BCA acknowledge Flowstore’s storage expertise

Flowstore Systems Ltd were recently chosen to supply equipment for the new Toyota European Training School in Burnaston ,Derbyshire. This facility prepares employees for the many skills required in a modern, efficient car manufacturing plant.

A decision was taken to use a versatile system of equipment which could easily be re-configured, and was re-usable for a multitude of applications.

FlowTube was selected as the most suitable system. This versatile product is already in extensive use in the main Assembly Plant, where it suits the Continuous Improvement Technique (Kaizen is the Japanese term), which is a foundation of the Toyota Production System.

Plastic coated steel tubes and modular connecting joints, roller tracks and accessories permit the assembly of a great variety of equipment to assist assembly, handling and many other requirements.

Shelf racks, flowracks, trolley, benches, stands, jigs, notice boards, special constructions etc can all be made from FlowTube. Modifications are easily accommodated as requirements change, as no welding, painting or specialist tools are required to create finished products.

Once a design has completed its useful function, the components are dis-assembled and re-used to make the next product with very little redundancy. Tubes and roller tracks are easily re-cut or suitably spliced to make new lengths, and units can be static or easily made mobile by the addition of castors to the base.

Even AGVs (Automatic Guided Vehicles) are made using FlowTube components – the drive motors and guidance systems being mounted on the versatile framework. This permits the vehicles to be individually tailored to the application.

In the Training School, a wide variety of assemblies was required, from simple trolleys and flowracks, to handgrip and dexterity test units and notice stands and sign boards.

“ Once a company has caught the vision of what  Flowtube can do, it’s really only imagination that’s the limit,” said Flowstore MD Simon Dennis. “Within the practical limitations of tube size and strength, I’ve not come across a more versatile product. Unlike welded structures or standard rack systems, which may have to be discarded when usage changes, this system gives better value for money. You are not simply buying a trolley or a rack – you are investing in a complete assembly system for myriad uses!”

From their Hayes factory, Flowstore were able to despatch fully assembled and finished units in time to meet the required set-up date.

 3-D drawings were prepared for Toyota which showed the proposed units to enable sign-off  before assembly commenced. Nearly 30 different designs were required for the initial fit out.

By also holding stocks of additional FlowTube components on site, Toyota are able to readily modify or re-design units to meet their constantly changing production and training requirements.

“By giving the assembly workers ownership of the assembly improvement process – part of the Kaizen philosophy- Toyota are able to maximise efficiencies and eradicate waste, which has enabled the company to be a world-leader in car manufacturing”, said Project Group Leader Mark Slater.
“ We are confident our investment in a European centre for training excellence will handsomely pay off.”
















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