Lean Manufacturing: Tools & Techniques

A. P., Puvanasvaran (2014) Lean Manufacturing: Tools & Techniques. UTeM.

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Abstract

All Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) organizations in Aerospace, Automotive and Electronics industries had to upgrade their functions. These organizations including suppliers and solutions providers are duty bound to improve their functions through strategic initiatives. One such initiative is Lean Process Management. Lean Process Management has proven to aid organizations in developing manufacturing and administrative management solutions and make the organization a leaner at the same time a ‘fitter’ one, achieving World Class standards in terms of production, quality, marketing, etc, etc. The issue or problem is, although a number of authors, experts, researchers have discussed the lean process management as part organization centric issues, they failed to provide an effective lean process management system. Besides the need to formulate an effective lean process as suggested by some authors, another important reason suggested is the employee’s development aspect regarding how to unlock the infinite potential of their workforce. This employee’s development is basically the problem solving capabilities of the employees while implementing the Lean through clear cutting protocols or processes of Lean Process Management. The employees need to be developed and equipped to contribute optimally to the process. Because of this scenario, the main objective of this study is to develop an employees development system which the author has acronym or trademark it as People Development System (PDS) to enhance problem solving capability among its employees while implementing the lean process management there. Although, the PDS can be implemented throughout the organization, if it is implemented in a particular department in an organization, it will be feasible to study and analyze its effectiveness in-depth. So, this study documents and analyzes the implementation of Lean process in the Kitting Department of the aerospace company, ABC Company. Qualitative and quantitative measures were also used to document the case study. The outcome of the people development system needs to be measured to understand its value in developing the problem solving capabilities among the employees. Only with developed and equipped employees, the Kitting Department can reduce its wastages, optimize its performance and thereby play a crucial role in making ABC Company a world class organization. As pertinent results of the PDS implementation, in general Kitting Department successfully achieved to meet their Department Key Performance Indicator and particularly the employees’ are also improve by practicing good lean behaviors and skill and knowledge in using lean tools which lead to better leanness level by improving employees’ problem solving capabilities in eliminating waste. The study proposed a PDS framework and performance measurement model for ABC Company. This model could be replicated in any organization and also in various sectors. Also, it can be modified according to the industries in which it can be implemented. The study also has produced two PDS Manuals as a guide for the Management as well as the shop floor people to practice PDS concept optimally. This study provided a practical as well as theoretical knowledge about the successful PDS practices, which can be implemented in any industry. On the whole, the lean process management and the resultant PDS is having positive applications, and importantly could also have positive applications in the future as well.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures
Divisions: Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering > Department of Manufacturing Management
Depositing User: Prof. Madya Ir. Dr. Puvanasvaran A.Perumal
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2014 08:44
Last Modified: 28 May 2015 04:28
URI: http://eprints.utem.edu.my/id/eprint/12995
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