JSS  Vol.2 No.9 , September 2014
Integration of Lean Approaches to Manage a Manual Assembly System
Author(s) Qian Wang*, Nick Bennett
ABSTRACT

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.


Cite this paper
Wang, Q. and Bennett, N. (2014) Integration of Lean Approaches to Manage a Manual Assembly System. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 2, 226-231. doi: 10.4236/jss.2014.29038.
References
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[2]   Bley, H., Reninhart, G., Seliger, G., Bernardi, M. and Korne, T. (2004) Appropriate Human Involvement in Assembly and Disassembly. CIRP Annals, 53, 487-509. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0007-8506(07)60026-2

 
 
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