Cellular Manufacturing at Champion Irrigation Products
AuthorKumar, K. Ravi
Hadjinicola, George C.
SourceInternational Journal of Operations & Production Management
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Champion Irrigation Products is a company which has started to employ the principles of Cellular Manufacturing in its operations. Undertakes the task of examining the applicability of Cellular anufacturing at the company by using several methods for cell formation. Describes the design and implementation phase of the application, along with the obstacles encountered and solutions provided. Benefits realized from the application of Cellular anufacturing at Champion Irrigation Products include reduction in work-in-process inventory and materials movement, increase in quality, and simplification of production, planning and control procedures. The success of the application lies in the fact that management at Champion Irrigation Products did not view Cellular Manufacturing as a mere rearrangement of the factory floor, but as a starting-point for the continuous questioning of its practices, with the goal of improving the manufacturing function.