What is Cellular Manufacturing?
Cellular manufacturing refers to the placement of work stations and operators in a sequence of order that promotes better flow of materials and product, reducing transportation and waiting times. The cellular workstation (or cell) is designed increase production and allow higher flexibility among those assigned within the cell. This type of process arrangement is thought to be an improvement or traditional batch and queue methods as it allows workers the opportunity to adjust quicker to changes in product type or design, or react more effectively during interruptions in material flow or changes in customer requirements. Cellular manufacturing is based on the theories of single-piece flow and Just in Time (JIT) manufacturing.