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dc.contributor.advisor Roy Welsch and Thomas Roemer. en_US
dc.contributor.author Bernson, Michelle Elisabeth, 1974- en_US
dc.contributor.other Leaders for Manufacturing Program. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2006-11-08T16:32:22Z
dc.date.available 2006-11-08T16:32:22Z
dc.date.copyright 2004 en_US
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/34753
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management; and, (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; in conjunction with the Leaders for Manufacturing Program at MIT, 2004. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 83-84). en_US
dc.description.abstract ABB is a world leader in power and automation technologies working to enable utility and industry customers to improve operations. Competition in these markets is increasing and in order to retain their competitive position, ABB must strive to improve their operations by reducing costs and delivery times. Most ABB factories still operate on push principles with long throughput time, high inventories, and high overhead In order to remain competitive these factories have decided to transform their businesses reduce costs and increase speed. The strategy to achieve this in the power technologies distribution transformer (PTDT) factories is to develop a standard approach to lean manufacturing for implementation in factories around the world. The thesis will describe standard approaches to lean proposed by academics and used by other leading companies; analyzing at the frameworks used including implementation practices, tools, and results. With an understanding of how other companies implement lean manufacturing techniques, this thesis will then describe the creation of a standard approach to lean for ABB PTDT factories, examining the methodology of the approach including the implementation process, common production practices, tools used, and evaluation techniques. Two case studies will be used to describe the implementation of these lean manufacturing techniques at the Monselice, Italy and Zaragoza, Spain factories. Using the Monselice and Zaragoza case studies, along with results seen by other companies, this thesis will analyze the benefits of a standard approach to lean as it relates to the creation of a corporate culture; improvements in implementation results, and increasing ease of implementation. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Michelle Elisabeth Bernson. en_US
dc.format.extent 97 p. en_US
dc.format.extent 6159400 bytes
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subject Sloan School of Management. en_US
dc.subject Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.subject Leaders for Manufacturing Program. en_US
dc.title The value of a common approach to lean en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Sloan School of Management. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.contributor.department Leaders for Manufacturing Program. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 56607252 en_US


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