Reorganizing the Factory: Competing Through Cellular Manufacturing

Reorganizing the Factory: Competing Through Cellular Manufacturing

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Cellular manufacturing principles, applied to either administrative work or production, are fundamental building blocks for lean and quick response organizations. Reorganizing the Factory is the definitive reference book in this important area.

Reorganizing work processes into cells has helped many organizations streamline operations, shorten lead times, increase quality, and lower costs. Cellular manufacturing is a powerful concept that is simple to understand; however, its ultimate success dependson deciding where cells fit into your organization, and then applying the know-how to design, implement and operate them.

Reorganizing the Factory presents a thoroughly researched and comprehensive "life cycle" approach to competing through cellular work organizations. It takes you from the basic cell concept and its benefits through the process of justifying, designing, implementing, operating, and improving this new type of work organization in offices and on the factory floor.

The book discusses many important technical dimensions, such as factory analysis, cell design, planning and control systems, and principles for lead time and inventory reduction. However, unique to the literature, it also covers in depth the numerous managerial issuesthat accompany organizing work into cells. In most implementations, performance measurement, compensation, education and training, employee involvement, and change management are critically important. These issues are often overlooked in the planning process, yet they can occupy more of the implementation time than do the technical aspects of cells.

Why do cells improve lead time, quality, and cost?
Planning for cell implementation
Justifying the move to cells, strategically and economically
Designing efficient manufacturing and office cells
Selecting and training cell employees
Compensation system for cell employees
Performance and cost measurement
Planning and control of materials and capacity
Managingthe change to cells
Problems in designing, implementing, and operating cells
Improving and adapting existing cells
Structured frameworks and checklists to help analysis and decision-making
Numerous examples of cells in various industries