Are your work cells too big? Why smaller is usually better

Proxemics, teamwork and space can affect production in shop design

By Quarterman Lee

Many manufacturing work cells are simply too big – they occupy too much space. Some work cells attempt too many operations on too many products, often with too many people. Space is expensive and excess space attracts junk, encourages excess inventory and increases material handling effort.

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