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We Help Operations Managers to Conceive and Actualize Their Industrial Visions Based on the Lean Manufacturing Culture

One Piece Flow

The term One Piece Flow indicates the production of one «piece at a time». In companies that start to adopt the Lean paradigm, gradually, they move from an organized production in batches (push), typical of the production philosophy of mass production, to a pulled-flow production (pull).

The Lean philosophy aims to minimize stocks, including inter-operational ones, because they hide the problems, both related to the machinery (16 losses), and related to labor (not respected standard cycles, imbalances in activities between different operators). To produce one piece at a time means to have optimized the whole production process, from the first to the last phase and to have succeeded to eliminate both problems: the people work organization and the Wip (work in process).