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A new fabrication/manufacturing strategy that is slowly gaining popularity in industries whose products are custom-built in (relatively) small numbers.

The basic ideas are thus:
1) Thou shalt not stockpile thine components, but shall order them as thou needest them, even be it on a daily basis. Thusly shalt thou reduce the overhead associated with warehouses and materials handlers.
2) Thou shalt make thine workstations easily swappable, and thine fabrication areas shall be as fluid as the stream. Thusly shalt thou easily adapt to each new product thou must needs fabricate.
3) Thou shalt streamline thy processes, so that each product is produced with a minimum of waste, in a minimum of time.
4) Thou shalt accomplish all this by means of talking to thy workers, instead of hiring some monkey-suited efficiency specialist asshole with a perm and an MBA.

As odd as it sounds to have a single unit of Widget QX-255 shipped to you every day instead of just ordering a dozen of them, it actually seems to work fairly well, with some businesses reporting decreases in overhead as high as 60-70%.

Ag"ile (#), a. [F. agile, L. agilis, fr. agere to move. See Agent.]

Having the faculty of quick motion in the limbs; apt or ready to move; nimble; active; as, an agile boy; an agile tongue.

Shaking it with agile hand. Cowper.

Syn. -- Active; alert; nimble; brisk; lively; quick.


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