Glossary Term: Cellular manufacturing‍

Cellular manufacturing is a manufacturing process that produces similar parts, products or subassemblies within a single cell of machines. A cell is a well-defined group, area of machines or production unit within a manufacturing plant responsible for producing families of parts or similar products. Workers are generally cross-trained to perform a variety of tasks within the cell, thus streamlining the manufacturing process, improving production efficiency and granting more operational autonomy.

The objective of cellular manufacturing is to design cells in a way that measures of performance are optimized. Performance measures can be productivity, cycle time, or other outputs of the manufacturing cycle. Common measures include product per man-hour, unit cost, cycle time, defect per batch, and percentage of parts made cell-complete.

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