Original Date: 07/09/2007
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Information : Experimental Cell
The Inpro/Seal Company set up an experimental cell using Lean principles. The cell operates with continuous adjustments and fine-tuning from the operators at the same time that actual production parts are being run.
The Inpro/Seal Company has eight different manufacturing cells and has designated its seventh cell as an experimental cell that operates with real production and is continuously being used for experimental manufacturing techniques. The information gathered from the cell operation is then applied to other cells in the facility. The cell is able to perform all manufacturing operations and package final product, reducing the time parts sit idle and eliminating the need for unnecessary travel through Inpro/Seal’s facility.
Inpro/Seal personnel are trained in lean principles and are given the freedom to provide feedback on the operation of the experimental cell. The cell’s operators have significant input into the design and function of the cell. For example, the use of a second computer system enables two operators to perform simultaneous input to the system, reducing time waiting for the computer terminal. Cell personnel are then able to train other Inpro/Seal employees in operating the cell.
The experimental cell provides a basis for eliminating waste in the manufacturing of products while providing information to better utilize raw materials. If more products can be manufactured out of the same raw material and wasteful movement can be eliminated, Inpro/Seal can continue to provide quality products at less cost.
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