Planning Manufacturing Cells

This course provides an introduction to the planning of manufacturing cells, including the physical, procedural, and personnel aspects of cellular manufacturing. It will provide participants with a systematic, step-by-step approach useful on any cell planning project, from simple manual assembly to automated machining and fabrication.

Class Details

Class Name:
Planning Manufacturing Cells
Manufacturing and process engineers, industrial engineers and systems analysts, product supervisors and team leaders, plant and production managers, materials and production planners, cell planning and JIT implementation teams, and program leaders for JIT and TQM.
2 Day Course

Learning Objectives

  • Provide a systematic procedure for planning individual manufacturing cells
  • Increase the productivity and effectiveness of those assigned to design and implement manufacturing cells
  • Help prepare for plant and company-wide implementation programs
  • Understand the strategic benefits and value of cellular manufacturing

Outline At-a-Glance


  • Cellular manufacturing — definitions, meaning, clarification
  • Real-world examples of successful cell implementations

Understanding Manufacturing Cells

  • Benefits of cellular manufacturing
  • What are the risks? Difficulties to be expected.
  • Typical approaches to planning manufacturing cells
  • Systematic Planning of Manufacturing Cells — SPMC

How To Plan A Manufacturing Cell

  • The four phases of cell planning
  • The three fundamentals of every cell-planning project
  • The pattern for cell planning and design
  • Specific procedures and techniques
  • Walk-through examples

Systematic Planning Techniques

  • Documenting the planning environment
  • Location and Orientation worksheet
  • Organizing the cell-planning project
  • Gathering and analyzing input data
  • Methods of classifying parts
  • Summarizing and communicating parts classifications
  • Determining equipment requirements and utilization
  • Analyzing flow through the cell
  • Interrelating parts and process
  • Visual graphics for cell-planning diagrams
  • Physical arrangement of the cell — basic choices
  • Materials handling within the cell
  • Other coupling factors: physical, procedural, people

Systematic Planning In Action

  • Hands-on group work for real problem (with guided application) to develop a "preliminary" cell plan

Modifying, Selection And Accepting Cell Plans

  • Modify and refine overall cell alternatives
  • Ensuring viability of cell plans
  • Balancing workload and flow
  • Financial considerations
  • Evaluating intangible factors
  • Selecting the most-preferred plan
  • What management wants to know before approving cell plans
  • Case Problem In Detail Cell Planning

    • Levels of planning
    • Alternative approaches to detail planning
    • Enrollee teams develop a detailed plan (with guided application) for a real problem, incorporating physical, procedural, and people aspects of a cell

    Principles Of Motion Economy & Workplace Design

    • The role of ergonomics in detail planning
    • Normal and maximum working areas for hand motions
    • Checklist for work simplification

    Management Issues And Implementation

    • Organizing the physical aspects of implementation
    • Training and involving the cell operating team
    • Cell support systems — Scheduling, Quality and Maintenance
    • Performance measurement, employee incentives
    • Cross training and union consideration
    • Worker assignment and supervision of cells
    • Empowering the cell team for management and problem-solving

    Technology And Strategic Issues In Cellular Manufacturing

    • Automation and systems integration
    • Technical issues and considerations
    • The strategic role of cellular manufacturing
    • Supply chain thinking — external coupling with suppliers customers, sales and distribution
    • The need for facilities and logistics strategies
    • Sources of savings and benefits
    • Summary and closing

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