6 Simple Steps to Getting Started with a Material Handling System

Have you used a pipe and joint system before and want to implement it in your new role? Have you seen the product in another facility? Are you planning a new production line or an extension? In our experience and with the help of 4 manufacturers who have successfully implemented  the Flexpipe system throughout their plant, we have put together this 6 step guide.

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  1. DECIDE ON A SIMPLE PROJECT TO BUILD FIRST.

    You may have an idea of what you want to improve however, try to find 2-3 projects that are simple to assemble with a large payoff.

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    Pick projects that you will be able to showcase but that are also easy to build such as KPI board frames, simple handling carts, or existing workstation add-ons. Targeting simple projects; as mentioned above, will help to choose the starter kit that best suits your needs.

    Make sure upper management agrees on your pick. Involving key employees with the design process will gain their support to lessen the change resistance.

  2. DECIDE WHO WILL DESIGN AND ASSEMBLE.

    Even if it might change over time, you should target  a potential creative and handy Flexpipe assembler(s).

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    The Flexpipe system is simple and requires mainly creativity.   Concept ideas should be the responsibility of anyone who wants to make improvements. However, structure designs and assemblies should be verified by a qualified person.

    There is a learning curve with assembly where your first structure might take 6 hours though after a few builds it may only take 3. You should take advantage of this learning curve by always involving the same assemblers. If you want an in depth explanation of whom can assemble Flexpipe read  about the 8 Types of People Who Can Assemble Flexpipe.

  3. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE PROPER TOOLS AND SPACE.

    This is usually a step that clients disregard as unimportant. If you already know  that you will be assembling Flexpipe on a regular basis you should address this right away.

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    A good setup with dedicated space, storage, and the right tools will save you  up to 30% of assembly time.

    We have designed a unit called the Flexpipe Crib to get organised. The unit arrives pre-cut with assembly instructions which makes it a good project to get started. The Crib also comes with the basic tools needed to work with a pipe and joint system. If you want to learn more make sure to check out  the Flexpipe Crib.  Or if you want to learn about the tools we offer Click Here.

  4. SELECT THE RIGHT STARTER KIT.

    Starter kits are a bundle of the most common components. We have created different bundles according to structures types, industries and budgets.

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    Flexpipe starter kits are an easy solution to getting started, you will learn quickly how the main parts work after your first 2-3 assembled structures.

    General Starter Kits (4-5 structures)

    The General Starter Kit comes with  our standard 28mm pipes, the most frequently used metal joints and a few casters and levelers. If you are planning to build a little bit of everything or if you are not sure yet which kit you should choose this is the starter kit for you. For more details about our Standard Starter Kit Click Here.

    All other Starter Kits (4-5 structures)

    These kits come equipped with specific parts depending on the structure type you want to build. They all come standard with  28mm pipes with the most commonly used components. If you know you will be making more carts, workstations, boards,  or flowracks, you should choose one of our Specialized Starter Kits.

  5. FOR ADDITIONAL HELP SEND US A SKETCH.

    Above Starter kits come with 1 detailed assembly plan that includes a Bill of Material (BOM).

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    Send us a hand sketch with dimensions and weight capacity and one of our project managers will work out the details with you to come up with a complete 3D drawing that fulfills all your needs.

    Take advantage of this offer as it will help and speed up your first project. The CAD drawing will also help showcase the project before it gets assembled as well as easing the assembly process for the workers. To send us a sketch please download and fill out this Project Sheet.

  6. ON-GOING TRAINING.

    Once you have completed the first 5 steps and have finished your first project you can now build more complex structures.

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    However, complex structures can still have hiccups so please take a look at our Learning Section to address any problems that may arise.  We have multiple videos online with step by step instructions to make your Flexpipe journey easier.

    You can also subscribe to the Flexpipe photo community to receive each month the best structures made by Flexpipe assemblers and other community members around North America.

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