Month: August 2016

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Dectron Kaizen Arms mounted to extruded aluminum profile and supporting a computer and hand held scanner.
Dectron Kaizen Arms mounted to extruded aluminum profile supporting a computer and hand held scanner.

Extruded Aluminum Profiles commonly known as T Slot or 80/20 is routinely used in industrial facilities all over the world. Modular by design, extruded aluminum is excellent at providing a robust, and extremely versatile solution for building customized fixtures and structures critical to furthering 5S and lean manufacturing objectives. Often times though, we’ve seen manufacturers struggle with accessorizing structures in an efficient manner. Hours can be spent trying to mock up or cobble together accessory arms to hold and position critical components, computer equipment, or tote bins. Even worse is when they’re avoided all together, which results in lost opportunity to really improve ergonomics, point of use access and space utilization. Dectron Kaizen Arms, however, are designed to easily integrate with extruded aluminum profiles and ergonomically position everything from custom applications to tool boards and computer systems.

Kaizen Arm mounted to extruded aluminum structure and ergonomically positioning tote bin in industrial warehouse
Kaizen Arm mounted to extruded aluminum structure and ergonomically positioning tote bin

In addition to the ergonomic benefits, Kaizen Arms also provide a space saving feature by eliminating the need for additional fixtures to support periphery tools and applications. Instead of building an additional structure or cart, simply mount Kaizen Arms to your existing fixture to support applications that require additional space.

With some simple ergonomic thinking and a basket of modular Kaizen Arm components, you can reduce your modular framing build time, save valuable floor space, and take your flexible assembly structures to the next level of lean.

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One of the more common continuous improvement applications we’ve seen Kaizen Arms deployed for is the support

Dectron Articulating Kaizen Arm mounted to an extruded aluminum upright and supporting an industrial printer on a manufacturing floor
Dectron Articulating Kaizen Arm mounted to an extruded aluminum upright and supporting an industrial printer.

and positioning of industrial printers. These devices are often bulky and heavy, take up quite a bit of space, and are generally not easy to access. Using Kaizen Arms to support these devices can often alleviate and drastically improve the above downsides substantially. Using an arm to support the printer can free up valuable desk space or even get printers into tight areas that might not have enough floor space for a desk or bench to begin with. Because Kaizen Arms can be mounted to a wide variety of surfaces, there’s almost always some sort of an available surface to mount an arm to. In addition, articulating Kaizen Arms can enhance ergonomics and point of use access by allowing the printer to be positioned at arms reach when in use, or conveniently folded out of the way when not needed. Optional cable covers route all cabling safely along the exterior of the arm while a heavy duty 100 pound capacity for folding 2 axis systems ensure plenty of strength to handle just about any industrial printer you need to accommodate.

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