Effects of using minomi in in-plant materials supply
Journal article, 2011
Purpose – “Minomi” is a unit load where no container is used. The aim of this paper is to identify the
effects of using minomi in the materials supply within an assembly plant.
Design/methodology/approach – Based on three case studies within the body shop of Saab
Automobile in Trollha¨ttan, Sweden, effects of using minomi are identified. Furthermore, relations are
identified between these effects and the different characteristics of each case.
Findings – The paper identifies both benefits and drawbacks of using minomi and relates these
benefits and drawbacks to different part characteristics, characteristics of the receiving assembly
station, and characteristics of handling and storage. Among the benefits is that minomi is associated
with space efficient presentation of parts. This can enable the presentation of a large number of part
variants and also result in time efficient parts picking in the receiving assembly operations.
Practical implications – Through the knowledge gained in the case studies, the potential benefits
associated with minomi are more likely to be realised within industry.
Originality/value – The paper provides insight into the concept of minomi, which has previously
received very little attention in research literature, but which can offer substantial benefits within
industry if used under the right conditions.
Keywords Materials handling, Materials management, Sweden, Automotive industry
Paper type Research paper