Monday, June 16, 2014

Lean Manufacturing: One Piece Flow and Cellular Manufacturing

Cellular manufacturing was one of the first lean concepts to be adapted in the United States; however, it was often misunderstood.  A lean manufacturing cell involves placing the equipment, people, materials, and methods in a sequence in order to complete entire products, assemblies, or sub-assemblies.  Our goal is to create one piece flow to the rate of customer demand; sometimes, we cannot implement one piece flow, so we design specific sized buffers in between operations as a stopgap measure.  In this video, the concept of cell manufacturing and one piece flow are defined.

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