Material flow both to and through an assembly line is of major cost importance. Too much material (work in progress) increases delay, losses and costs. Too little material causes delays in production and efforts to correct the problems in a panic. To obtain the correct balance of costs and efficiency is an important aim of application engineers. Analysing the faults of a present system is a critical step towards achieving the desired results.
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