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  • Integration of Lean Approaches to Manage a Manual Assembly System  [MASS 2014]
  • DOI: 10.4236/jss.2014.29038   PP.226 - 231
  • Author(s)
  • Qian Wang, Nick Bennett
  • Today, importance of flexibility and reconfigurability needs to be addressed when designing and implementing a cost-effective and responsive manufacturing system. Such a system should be able to accommodate dynamic changes of product varieties and production volumes by maximizing its production capability and minimizing its production costs, this is particularly useful for a SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) to remain competitive in the market. For a manual assembly line, it is always a good practice using a highly skilled workforce that each assembly worker is capable of performing multiple tasks. Ideally, each worker is fully trained to complete assigned tasks of a unit from start to finish. This paper presents a case study of incorporating 5S management rules into an assembly system using so-called skillful and dynamic walking workers as a combination of lean management approaches to improve productivity and efficiency of a shop floor production line at a local plant.

  • Lean Management, Lean Production, Assembly Systems
  • References
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    Bley, H., Reninhart, G., Seliger, G., Bernardi, M. and Korne, T. (2004) Appropriate Human Involvement in Assembly and Disassembly. CIRP Annals, 53, 487-509.

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