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Work Cells in Lean Manufacturing

There is a strategic importance of locations and the factors that affect the decision of where to locate a facility. Now that the location has been selected, the factory has to be designed and workers trained.

Explain how the cell concept works to improve productivity and quality, and how it acts as a means to support lean manufacturing.

Review the advantages of the work cell concept and how to integrate lean manufacturing concepts into the design.

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Investopedia defines the concept of the work cell as "the logical and strategic arrangement of resources in a business environment, organized so as to improve process flow, increase efficiency and eliminate wastage" (Investopedia, LLC, 2015). Work cells are part of the overall lean manufacturing platform, which emphasizes value-creation for the end customer and waste reduction. Manufacturing and office environments are places where work cells can be particularly effective (Investopedia, LLC, 2015).

To use work cells for manufacturing purposes, companies arrange the machines they use in manufacturing so that the goods they manufacture move efficiently and flawlessly from one phase to the next. A company can only achieve this if they group the manufacturing machines in work cells that enable the logical progression of the items they are producing, starting with raw materials at the beginning ...

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This is a discussion of how the cell concept works to improve productivity and quality, and how it acts as a means to support lean manufacturing. It also reviews the advantages of the work cell concept and how to integrate lean manufacturing concepts into the design.

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