Definitions for "ONE-PIECE FLOW"
One-piece flow production is when parts are made one at a time and passed on to the next process. Among the benefits of one-piece flow are 1) the quick detection of defects to prevent a large batch of defects, 2) short production lead times, 3) reduced material and inventory costs, and 4) design of equipment and workstations of minimal size.
Moving the product through each operation (both in manufacturing and in the office) as a single part, never handled in batches.
Moving parts through a process in batches of one.