Motion System Design

Designing Manufacturing Equipment for Lean

Visitors at ATX East can get a free mini-CD containing all the episodes and transcripts from the Rexroth Lean Manufacturing Podcast Series.

Newest episode gives advice for OEMs and manufacturers on designing machinery to be more effective, more productive and more in tune with a lean manufacturing environment.

(Buchanan, MI – ) Bosch Rexroth has released a new podcast episode titled Designing Manufacturing Equipment for Lean discussing how OEMs and manufacturers can design their equipment to be more effective, more productive and more in tune with a lean manufacturing environment.

The company is offering a free CD containing all the episodes and transcripts from its Lean Manufacturing Podcast Series at the upcoming Automation Technology Expo (ATX) East show, June 3-5 in New York City. The CD will be available at the Rexroth booth 2805.

The latest episode on lean equipment design is the third release from Bosch Rexroth in its series of innovative and informative lean manufacturing podcasts available for listening or free download from the company’s website at The episodes are also available from the iTunes podcast library and other podcast directories on the web.

In Designing Equipment for Lean, lean manufacturing expert Jamie Flinchbaugh discusses how machine builders tend to focus too much on what goes on inside the machine rather than focusing on how the machine interfaces with the operator or the rest of the organization. One of the core principles of lean production is “pull-through” or “demand-driven production,” so Flinchbaugh says machine designers must learn to make their systems work well in this type of environment.

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Bosch Rexroth AG, part of the Bosch Group, achieved sales of approximately $7.4 billion (5.4 billion Euros) in 2007 with nearly 33,000 employees. Under the brand name of Rexroth the company offers all drive and control technologies, from mechanics, hydraulics and pneumatics to electronics and associated service. Over 500,000 customers worldwide utilize Rexroth’s unique technological know-how to implement their innovative and future-oriented systems and machine concepts. The global player, represented in over 80 countries, is an extensive supplier of components and systems for industrial and factory automation and mobile applications. Visit for more information.

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