Flow it Right? or Flow it Left?

Cell Material Flow? Right or Left??


It’s all about perspective… hang on, I’ll explain.


There is a science to production systems layouts. I’m sure you have read about the various “reasons” a cell “must” flow in a counterclockwise manner. The “Leanie purist” is quick to point it out without any reflective thought. But all the reasons a cell MUST flow in this direction are really not that convincing. Let’s explore:


That’s how Toyota does it!

Well, this can’t be considered a fact of science. It’s the old adage of “We have always done it this way!”. Toyota found out that many of their equipment lends itself to loading from the right–process to the left; especially with lathe machines. So that was the “rule” from then on.