In lean Manufacturing, Cellurization or Cellular Manufacturing is used to great affect. These are the Quality control tools used for cycle time reduction and set up time reduction.
An approach in which manufacturing work centers (cells) have the total capabilities needed to produce an item or group of similar items; contrasts to setting up work centers on the basis of similar equipment or capabilities, in which case items must move among multiple work centers before they are completed. Each work center is capable of producing from start to finish of a product. Since very little movement is involved, this will help in optimizing the cycle time.
Grouping machines or processes that are connected by work sequence in a pattern that supports flow production. Her the focus is on flow of the work, where there is very little movement of the work in the shop floor. Looking at a cycle time point of view the improved flow will certainly help in faster production.
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Originally posted 2012-08-26 07:44:00.