Like the U-Shape, the Linear Shape is a type of Production Cell Layout. It has the following characteristics:

  • Shape: The main characteristic of this is that there are a separate start and endpoint for dedicated supply and delivery. It is possible to install the parts supply to self-feeding shelves from opposite the working area.
  • When to use: Use a linear shape when you need short cycle times without movement of operators between workstations. It is also suitable for Production processes with long cycle times and dedicated stations, and if you have large products which require accessibility from both sides.
  • Benefits: The benefits of a linear shape are a simple and clear structure, it is easy to visualize and pace the work, we have clear replenishment routes and no limit to the number of workstations.

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