In recent years, the process of cellular manufacturing (CM) has received much attention and popularity in many developed countries. CM can significantly reduce the work-in-progress (WIP), the material flow-time and the set-up times. This process enhances the ability to accommodate small batch production and assists manufacturers in reacting to the changing environment in an effective and efficient manner. As a result of the WIP reduction, the just-in-time (JIT) approach is utilized. This paper reviews the development of CM and highlights some important factors that should be considered carefully when planning a CM process. Areas that warrant further investigation are also discussed. Furthermore, some distinctive points in relation to the establishment of CM in Mainland China are considered, as manufacturers are increasingly interested in taking advantage of Mainland China's open-door policy.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ceramics and Composites
- Computer Science Applications
- Metals and Alloys
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering