Cells Series

Introduces the concept of continuous flow. Defines the various types of cells. Provides pros and cons of each type of cell. Provides simple instructions for creating a work cell. Gives insight into why zero inventory is not a Lean target.



Illustrates continuous flow by comparing soccer to relay racing. Introduces the most common cell layouts: circuit, split work, reverse flow, combination and ratchet. Demonstrates how work should be divided and shared among workers for smooth flow. Shows how inventory can actually improve the output of a work cell. >>
Cells

Defines the most common shapes for cells: U, L and Linear. Explains what cell shapes should be avoided and why. Compares and contrasts cells dedicated to a single product with mixed model cells. Provides a basic formula for calculating the number of operators needed in a cell for production. Shows how materials should be replenished to keep the cell running. >>
Cells