chapter  11
Part presentation
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The way parts are presented to operators impacts both productivity and quality. Assembler time is expensive because operators work in series on the line, but materials handlers, on the other hand, work in parallel. The materials group is the pit crew to the assembler's race car driver, and should focus first on providing effective support to assembly and second on doing it efficiently. 'Regardless of what managers may believe about "non-value added" activities, the number of people handling and preparing parts is often increased in order to reduce the total amount of labor spent on assembly.