Make Work Cells Work for You

Abstract:The standard practice of dispersing production processes among geographically separate shops creates a potential for quality problems. These problems and their root causes are lost between intra-shop inventories and the number of potential flow pathways. Cellular organization creates highly focused work environments that result in increased quality, including reduced variation, increased process capability, the ability to identify and rectify root causes, and documentation validity. Examples from manufacturing illustrate how cellular organization increases quality assurance by decreasing process …

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