How To Design Shop Floor Cells In High-Mix, Low-Volume Environments - Details
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Registration for this event is open from: 18 Oct, 2018 08:00 - 19 Mar, 2019 17:00
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Madison Downtown , 525 W. Johnson Street, Madison, Wis. 53703 (US).
Time: 08:00 -  16:30
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Unlock the Power of Cells

In companies with a high variety of low-volume products, designing product-focused shop floor cells can be a challenge. Fluctuating volumes, variable product routings, and complex machining requirements make it hard to justify a cell with dedicated machines and labor. The result: an inefficient product flow causing large backlogs, excess inventory, poor delivery performance, expediting, and long lead times.

Over the past two decades, the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) in collaboration with its member companies has developed several tools and principles to design shop floor cells for high-mix, low-volume manufacturing settings.

Join us for this one day workshop to learn how to address challenges such as product mix variations, lack of ownership on shared resources, sub-contracting issues, and challenges with lot sizing and MRP scheduling. Learn about results from cell implementations that have led to over 80% reduction in production lead times, 50% reduction in inventory, and 15-20% reduction in product costs.

What you will learn:

  • Where to start: Focused Target Market Segment – the nucleus of a production cell
  • Designing the cell: Analyzing product routings, determining equipment and labor for the cell
  • Addressing challenges: Shared resources, subcontracting
  • Capacity planning for the cell: Lot sizes, utilization, lead times, inventory
  • Identifying improvement opportunities: Impact of setup reduction and cross-training
  • Financial justification: Costs and benefits of the cell implementation


Shop floor cells: An integral part of the QRM strategy

  • QRM fundamentals and the role of your organizational structure
  • Key aspects of QRM cells

Where to start: Focused Target Market Segment - the nucleus of a cell

  • What is the motivation for creating the cell?
  • Ways to identify a Focus Target Market Segment
  • Case studies on FTMS creation

Designing the cell: Analyzing products, determining equipment and labor

  • How to define part families
  • Group workshop: determine rough cell design (part families, equipment, staffing)

Addressing challenges: Shared resources, sub-contracting

  • Common concerns with cells (low return on costly assets, cell ownership of shared resource etc.) and how to overcome them

Capacity planning for the cell: Lot sizes, utilization, lead times, inventory

  • How to support cells by understanding system dynamics principles
  • Cell planning with rapid modeling
  • Group workshop: Dynamic analysis of a cell
  • Identifying improvements: Impact of setup reduction, cross-training

Financial justification: Costs and benefits of the cell implementation

  • Strategic justification of cells
  • How to calculate costs and benefits
  • Ways to to show the impact of transformation
  • Powerful "non-financial" benefits: the impact of employee ownership


Ananth Krishnamurthy, Director

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Ananth Krishnamurthy assumed leadership of the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing in January 2008. He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the guidance of Prof. Rajan Suri, founder of the concept and methodology of Quick Response Manufacturing. Krishnamurthy has an M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, also from UW-Madison, and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, India.

Involved with the QRM Center for a decade, Krishnamurthy conducted and managed numerous QRM projects as a research assistant, then returned as a speaker for QRM workshops and conferences. Holding training events in the United States and Europe has earned him worldwide recognition as an expert in the implementation of POLCA, a material-control system for low-volume or custom-engineered products and a key component of the overall QRM strategy.

Krishnamurthy has consulted for Alcoa, Rockwell Automation, Ingersoll, Johnson Controls, John Deere and Trek Bicycle. He has authored numerous publications in international journals, and he is a senior member of several professional organizations. Prior to leaving the position he held as Assistant Professor from 2002–2007 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Krishnamurthy was named winner of that institution's Engineering Excellence in Education Award for 2007.

Schedule & Lodging

Event Schedule

Continental breakfast and workshop check-in starting 7:30 a.m.

Course from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Lodging at the DoubleTree by Hilton Madison Downtown

525 W Johnson St., Madison, Wis. 53703

Seminar attendees are responsible for their own lodging, but we have reserved a block of rooms at the DoubleTree Hotel for your convenience.  Call 800-222-8733 (toll free) and request group code QR3 or book a guest room online at the DoubleTree website.  The cutoff date for the room block is March 1, 2019. 

Fees and Deadlines

Course Fees

$425 per person

Discounted fee for QRM Center members: $275 (QRM member companies may enroll up to five people at the member rate.)

Fee covers workbook, continental breakfast and lunch.


Registration deadline: March 13, 2019.

Cancellations after deadline of March 13 will be assessed 25% of enrollment fee.

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