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Work Cell

A work cell is an area in a Lean company organized around the production of a specific product or product group.

A work cell should be designed to promote flow and reduce waste.

One of the biggest benefits that a work cell offers is proximity. When downstream processes are located immediately next to the upstream process, as they are in a work cell, there is no need to batch products for transportation. A single product can be handed between stations in a work cell, creating a great environment for flow through the value stream.

A u shaped cell is a specific form of work cell designed to eliminate walking. The operator finishes where he starts, so there is no time wasted walking back to the first process.

U Shaped Work Cell

 

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