Reorganizing the Factory: Competing Through Cellular Manufacturing

1st Edition

Nancy Hyer, Urban Wemmerlov

Productivity Press
Published October 22, 2001
Reference - 874 Pages
ISBN 9781563272288 - CAT# PP7228

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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 depends on 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 issues that 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
  • Managing the 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


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