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A systematic approach to evaluate the process improvement in lean manufacturing organizations

Amin, Md. Al & Karim, M. Azharul (2011) A systematic approach to evaluate the process improvement in lean manufacturing organizations. In Sustainable manufacturing: Shaping global value creation: Proceedings of the The 9th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing, Springer, LENEXPO Exhibition Center, St. Petersburg, pp. 65-70.

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Abstract

Numerous tools and techniques have been developed to eliminate or reduce waste and carry out Lean concepts in the manufacturing environment. However, in practice, manufacturers encounter difficulties to clearly identify the weaknesses of the existing processes in order to address them by implementing Lean tools. Moreover, selection and implementation of appropriate Lean strategies to address the problems identified is a challenging task. According best of authors‟ knowledge, there is no method available to quantitatively evaluate the cost and benefits of implementing a Lean strategy to address the weaknesses in the manufacturing process. Therefore, benefits of Lean approaches cannot be clearly established. The authors developed a methodology to quantitatively measure the performances of a manufacturing system in detecting the causes of inefficiencies and to select appropriate Lean strategies to address the problems identified. The proposed methodology demonstrates that the Lean strategies should be implemented based on the contexts of the organization and identified problem in order to achieve maximum cost benefits. Finally, a case study has been presented to demonstrate how the procedure developed works in practical situation.

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ID Code: 43991
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Performance improvements, Waste, Lean Manufacturing, Mathematical model
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-27290-5_9
ISBN: 978-3-642-27289-9
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING (091000)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 9th GCSM
Deposited On: 18 Aug 2011 09:33
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 19:42

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