Glossary of Lean Management and Supply Chain Management terms

For mutual understanding: short definitions of important terms from the world of continuous improvement and Supply Chain Management


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U-shape layout

The U-shape layout describes the layout of machines and workstations in a > one-piece flow, where they are laid out in the shape of the letter “U”. The operator works within the U shape, thereby reducing necessary movement to a minimum. Material allocation is done outside of the U layout, making the process interruption-free.