Cellular layouts are the optimal flow based layout. A cell is a close arrangement or setup of people, machines or workstations. The purpose of a cellular layout is to fulfill a processing sequence while simultaneously reducing wait times, transportation and other forms of muda. In addition to removing various forms of waste, cells are very effective and promote and facilitate effective flow. Cells can be in many different shapes and attempt to spread work evenly amongst the resources.
What should you do before building a cell?
Different Cell Shapes
A work cell is commonly thought of as a U-shaped or a C-shaped cell. Truthfully speaking though, they can be designed in a variety of ways to fit your specific needs. One important thing to remember is that the cells should not be designed in a mini functional layout. They need to be organized by the flow of the process. This will ensure that the cell is process based and not operational. While there are many different shapes, cells are most commonly organized in:
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