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.; Bullard, Steven H.; Steele, P. H.; and Motsenbocker, W. D., "The Double-D cell for assembling hardware in upholstered furniture production" (2004). Faculty Publications. 39.