Application of lean production to reducing operational waste in a tile manufacturing process

Rahman, Anisur & Karim, Azharul (2013) Application of lean production to reducing operational waste in a tile manufacturing process. International Journal of Management Science and Engineering Management, 8(2), pp. 126-134.

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Roofing tile manufacturing is a mass production process with high operational and inventory wastes and costs. Due to huge operational costs, excessive inventory and wastes, and quality problems, roofing tile manufacturers are trying to implement lean manufacturing practice in their operations in order to remain competitive in an ncreasingly competitive global market. The aim of this research is to evaluate the possibility of reducing the operational and inventory costs of the tile manufacturing process through waste minimization. This paper analyses the current waste situation in a tile manufacturing process and develops current and future value stream mapping for such a process with a view to implementing lean principles in manufacturing. The focus of the approach is on cost reduction by eliminating non-value-added activities.

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ID Code: 66155
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: lean production, waste reduction, production cost
DOI: 10.1080/17509653.2013.798948
ISSN: 1750-9653
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2014 02:00
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2014 00:25

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