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Cellular Manufacturing

Mitigating Risk and Uncertainty, 1st Edition

By John X. Wang

CRC Press

223 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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In today’s business world, competitiveness defines the industrial leading edge. Organizations and businesses of all sizes are adopting Lean manufacturing practices to increase efficiency and address worries about their bottom lines. In a detailed review of this staple of Lean manufacturing, Cellular Manufacturing: Mitigating Risk and Uncertainty outlines how cellular manufacturing can do just that. It demonstrates how this approach can help you and your teams build a variety of products with as little waste as possible.

The book begins by presenting a survey of the current state of existing methods that can best be used in the handling of the bottleneck machines and parts problem, which results from the cellular manufacturing system design. It then explores how decision making under risk is used to help the designer select the best cell arrangement in case of probabilistic production volume and maximize the profit imposed by resource capacity constraints. The author then presents a method for the system design of a manufacturing cell that aims for profit maximization over a certain period of time. He also discusses robust design, illustrated with a real application.

Put simply, cellular manufacturing integrates machinery and a small team of staff, directed by a team leader, so all the work on a product or part can be accomplished in the same cell eliminating resources that do not add value to the product. A concise yet unique reference, this book incorporates decision making under risk into cellular manufacturing. The text makes the link that ties cellular manufacturing to the bottom line. It helps you recognize savings opportunities from elimination of downtime between operations, decreased material handling costs, decreased work-in-progress inventory and associated costs, reduced opportunity for handling errors, decreased downtime spent waiting for supplies or materials, and reduced losses from defective or obsolete products.


"This book provides … new content on developing sequence-based cellular manufacturing by considering probabilistic demand, risk, and uncertainty. This is further linked to the bottom line and profitability. … The approach is very technical and detailed. The content builds nicely from a general overview to more advanced statistical, design, and risk approaches. … Cellular manufacturing is typically presented at a high level for process improvement. Cellular Manufacturing: Mitigating Risk and Uncertainty covers decision making and risk in considerable depth. This is a must read for technical manufacturing organizations to help reduce uncertainty through process design."

--Beth Cudney, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, USA

"Very well written in simple language to understand easily the related topic. The book covers the survey highlighting the current practices and how to improve the manufacturing techniques using Cellular Manufacturing system."

—Dr. Abdul Razzak Rumane, Dar Alkuwait Alkhaleejia Kuwait

Table of Contents

The handling of bottleneck machines and parts in cellular manufacturing

Cellular manufacturing: Workplace design based on work cells

How to establish cellular manufacturing systems

Forming cells to capture the inherent advantages of group technology (GT)

The cell formation problem

The cell formation problem

Lean manufacturing


Sequence-based cellular manufacturing

Cellular manufacturing: Workplace design based on work cells

Decision making under risk

Decision making under uncertainty

Sequence-based materials flow procedure

Problem formation

Machine cell formation under probabilistic demand

Machine cell formation under risk

Machine cell formation under uncertainty

Six Sigma


Cellular manufacturing and jidoka (autonomation)

Overall equipment effectiveness for cellular manufacturing

Jidoka (autonomation) for ensuring overall equipment effectiveness

Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) for implementing jidoka

Case study: Time-based cellular manufacturing

Kaizen, or rapid improvement processes


Bottom-line-based cellular manufacturing

Profitability: Business bottom line

Economic aspects of cellular manufacturing

Incorporating supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) into cellular manufacturing

Reliability challenge of incorporating SCADA systems into cellular manufacturing

Total productive maintenance


Performance evaluation of cellular manufacturing systems

Performance evaluation: Cellular manufacturing

Modeling cellular manufacturing performance

Experimental design for cellular manufacturing performance evolution

Analyzing cellular manufacturing performance


How to build a secure networked cellular manufacturing system: Starting from a gap analysis



Robust design of cellular manufacturing systems

Robust design versus adaptive design

Develop a problem statement

Robust design modeling

Analyzing a robust design

Evaluation based on the confirmation run

Decision making based on evaluation

How to incorporate networked security into a cellular manufacturing system

One-piece flow (OPF): A critical systems way of thinking


Networked cellular manufacturing systems

Open systems interconnection

Seven layers of the OSI model

Error detection and correction for networked cellular manufacturing systems

Error correction

Cyclic redundancy check (CRC) for an OSI data link

Single-minute exchange of die


Risk engineering of a networked cellular manufacturing system

A networked cellular manufacturing system

Cyclical redundancy check for a remote terminal unit mode

Hazard and operability study of cellular manufacturing: Process safety management



Epilogue: Cellular manufacturing leadership--Imagination and business growth

About the Author


John X. Wang

Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA

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Dr. John X. Wang is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of the Lean Six Sigma Institute of Technology, directing the deployment of lean manufacturing. As a leading expert in reliability engineering, Lean Six Sigma, and Green Electronics Manufacturing, he has taught courses at Panduit Corp., Maytag Corp., Visteon Corp., General Electric Edison Programs, and General Electric – Gannon University Co-Op Graduate Programs. Dr. Wang has served as Principal Systems Engineer at Raytheon Company (where he led projects related to lead-free electronics reliability), as Principal Systems Engineer at Rockwell Collins (where he led projects related to avionics safety and reliability), as Reliability Engineering and Design for Six Sigma manager at Maytag (where he led reliability engineering best practices and Design for Lean Six Sigma training), as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt certified by Visteon (where he led Design for Six Sigma training programs), and as a Sr. Staff Reliability Engineer and Six Sigma Black Belt certified by General Electric (where he led Design for Six Sigma projects and Finite Element Modeling for Reliability Engineering).

Dr. Wang has authored and co-authored five engineering books and numerous professional publications on Lean manufacturing, business communication, decision making under uncertainty, risk engineering and management, Six Sigma, and systems engineering. Having taught engineering and professional courses at Gannon University and National Technological University, he has been speaking and presenting at various international and national engineering conferences, symposia, professional meetings, seminars, and workshops. Dr. Wang is an American Society for Quality Certified Reliability Engineer and an International Quality Federation Certified Master Black Belt. He received a B.A. (1985) and M.S. (1987) from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; and a Ph.D. (1995) from the University of Maryland at College Park. Having authored published poetry, Dr. Wang lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife and two sons.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Design / General