chapter  15
Preventing picking errors
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Part confusion in assembly is the primary cause of defects in manufacturing today, and the magnitude of this problem grows as manufacturers implement more and more mixed-flow assembly lines. Many low-technology solutions are available to prevent, make less likely, or quickly detect picking errors, but these techniques are not massively applied. There are also high-technology solutions developed for ware house distribution applications that can be applied on assembly lines. Although they are far short of full automation, they are orders of magnitude cheaper.