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Process Village

A grouping of activities by type rather than in the sequence needed to design or make a product.

Historically, most organizations created process villages for activities ranging from grinding on the shop floor to credit checking in the office. Lean organizations try to relocate process steps, wherever possible, from villages into process sequences for product families.

The illustration shows two plant layouts contrasting process village and process sequence material flow in a bicycle plant.

From the Lean Lexicon 5th Edition
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