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Group Technology & Cellular Manufacturing: Updated Perspectives

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Since the human race first decided to specialize, make goods, and trade goods for other goods, there has been competition in terms of not only the technology used but also the organizational aspects of production. Although group technology (GT) sounds like it should be the former, it is essentially a system of production organization that allows firms to compete by minimizing work-in-progress, minimizing lead times, and minimizing costs while still producing a wide range of products. By combining different machines, equipment and personnel into a group or cell, total responsibility for making a set of parts can be delegated to the group. The traditional method has been to arrange a factory such that all similar machines and corresponding skilled personnel are located together. This has resulted in complex job routings inside the facility.

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  • Business Process
  • Lead Time
  • Shop Floor
  • Group Technology
  • Cellular Manufacturing

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Suresh, N.C., Kay, J.M. (1998). Group Technology & Cellular Manufacturing: Updated Perspectives. In: Suresh, N.C., Kay, J.M. (eds) Group Technology and Cellular Manufacturing. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-5467-7_1

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