Cells and Cellular Processing are at the heart of Lean. Their benefits are many and varied. They increase productivity and quality. Cells simplify material flow, management and even accounting systems.
Cells appear simple. But beneath this deceptive simplicity are sophisticated Socio-Technical Systems. Proper functioning depends on subtle interactions of people and equipment. Each element must fit with the others in a smoothly functioning, self-regulating and self-improving operation.
The proper design of Cells is an engineering problem. Like any other engineering design, it proceeds through a logical sequence of steps. At each step, the designers make compromises between conflicting requirements or technical limitations. Doing it well requires a deep and profound knowledge of the elements of a Cell, their functions, and their interactions.