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An Introduction to Lean Work Design by Matthias Thürer, Lawrence D. Fredendall

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CHAPTER 4

Visible Control Using the Facility Layout

Attaining flexibility in the number of workers at a workshop to adapt to demand changes is called Shojinka. … Shojinka … means to alter (decrease or increase) the number of workers at a shop when the production demand has changed (decreased or increased).

Shojinka is equivalent to increasing productivity by the adjustment and rescheduling of human resources. … flexible workshop … is essentially a workshop which is achieving Shojinka

Monden (1993, p. 159)

Basic Types of Facility Layouts

The facility layout is the physical arrangement of the parts of the processes (departments, work centers, or equipment) within a facility. The facility layout provides the framework for the resource assignments ...

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