Many individual parts, be it tools, auxiliary or operating equipment, are constantly required for the production or manufacturing process. They are typically stored in a manual warehouse, which is characterized by the fact that it makes frequently demanded materials quickly available. An example is screws, nails and the like in a craft store. They are neither counted nor is their removal documented, as this is not expedient and the effort involved would be disproportionate.
The advantages of a hand bearing
The essential aspect of a manual warehouse is that frequently required materials are permanently, quickly and easily available. The construction and maintenance are associated with very low costs. In accordance with the self-service principle, no documentation or similar takes place; only the presence of a sufficient quantity must be regularly checked and ensured. In addition, a hand bearing takes up very little space and it also requires no training in its use.
The disadvantages of a hand bearing
Due to the principle of a hand bearing, which is mainly limited to small, typically used materials, only a manageable variety of materials can be implemented. In addition, there is a risk that material bottlenecks may arise in some cases due to the omission of regular inspections - production processes may thus be disrupted in some cases due to the lack of relatively simple operating resources.