chapter  13
Assembly cells
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An assembly cell is a special case of an assembly line, run by a single team of at most eight multifunction operators, with autonomous pacing. An assembly cell provides all the benefits of an assembly line, and adds those of being run by a cohesive team, which not only improves job satisfaction and morale, but also raises quality consciousness. Most cells are U-shaped, with product units flowing around a long and narrow operator work area. This pattern supports flexible staffing, and the number of operators can easily be adjusted up or down with changes in demand.