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Optimizing Your Manufacturing Cells

Many companies strive for lean manufacturing to increase efficiencies, reduce risk, enhance quality, reduce waste, and other desirable outcomes. This guide covers the benefits and limitations of organized manufacturing cells, typical implementation and techniques, and the difference between in-house and outsourced manufacturing.  

  • Benefits and limitations of cellular manufacturing
  • Implementation and common techniques
  • How manufacturing cells impact the workforce
  • In-house versus outsourcing manufacturing cells

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Understanding Manufacturing Cells and Production Models

Cellular manufacturing (also called work cell or small group manufacturing) is a production model in which different processes are consolidated and performed in a logical sequence within a single area. Compared to a traditional assembly line – where each stage performs a single, repetitive task – cellular manufacturing enables a component or full product to be assembled in a continuous flow.

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