At some point in the history of production innovation, common practice was to remove the conveyor belts running through facilities and to replace them with a small number of manned workstations of W900 x D600 size. This was deemed the era of “cell production”.
Mass production became a thing of the past, LCA (Low Cost Automation) was considered and adopted almost immediately, and each cell was outfitted with simple tools and jigs.
In “One-Piece Flow Production”, the product creation phases are visible clearly, and the first product is completed in a relatively short amount of time. This characteristic allows for the designer to see the product and provide input for future iterations of the product without incurring excessive expenditure.
In addition, the same types of inspections can be made by management from a very high-level position regardless of their manufacturing proficiency to pick out “coarse” problems and smooth them out. This will lead to sustainable improvement, as any individual involved in the process will be able to provide input and implement those changes rapidly.