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This is the first case study in a series of studies that relate specifically to the development and application of lean manufacturing techniques of furniture and wood component supplying industries. Case study one is an example of how a subassembly process in an upholstered furniture facility was re-configured from a traditional flow line to a “Double-D” manufacturing cell. This case study provides general information about lean manufacturing and how a lean manufacturing system can be implemented, followed by a detailed description of Franklin Corporation’s adoption of a new type of manufacturing cell—the “Double-D”. A discussion of the original state of the subassembly system and the result of the Double-D modifications are also given.


Hunter, S.L., S.H. Bullard, P.H. Steele, and W.D. Motsenbocker. 2004. The Double-D Cell for Assembling Hardware in Upholstered Furniture Production. Forest and Wildlife Research Center, Bulletin FP300, Mississippi State University, 13p.



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