The continuous flow (One Piece Flow) is one of the basic tools in Lean Manufacturing. It makes it possible to arrange the flow of materials through production in such a way that it takes the shortest time possible, but provides maximum productivity and efficiency of the manufacturing process. It focuses on providing a rhythmic and smooth material flow between workstations.
The guide is intended mainly for practitioners, as it provides comprehensive and straightforward answers to two basic questions, i.e.: how to exploit changes in the flow of material to increase the factory competitiveness by shortening delivery times and reducing manufacturing costs, and how to change the flow of materials in order to achieve the desired and long-term effects?
The author, Joanna Czerska, shares with the reader her long-standing implementation experience and shows what steps should be followed to get impressive results: 40% reduction in production time, 50% of productivity growth, 70% reduction in space occupied by workstations, 95% reduction in work-in-progress inventory, a general increase in employee flexibility and production elasticity, and simplification of the production planning process.