Cycle Time and One-Piece Flow
By Lisa Angell
This activity demonstrates the differences between batch processing and one-piece flow. We’ll evaluate how each one affects cycle times, defect detection, and overall efficiency.
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In a series of three interactive exercises, learners explore the relationship between process cycle time and defect detection, and between process cyle time and smaller batch sizes. The techniques of lean/JIT are applied to achieve the continuous improvement (kaizen) goal of reducing inventory by pursuing one-piece flow.