An application of lean principles within a semiconductor manufacturing environment
Author(s)Wildeman, Roy C
Leaders for Manufacturing Program.
Stephen Graves and Daniel Whitney.
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Intel Corporation's Fab 23 is committed to implementing lean manufacturing to reduce their production cycle times and cost. This thesis is focused around the development of the principles of lean that are most relevant to Intel's complex manufacturing flow and then the application of these principles to improve the operations in a focused area, the Sorting floor. Direct examination of the work in Sort raises the awareness of inefficiencies from overproduction and inventory; viewing this work as a series of structured activities, customer-supplier connections, and simplified flows further crystallizes the need for a structured approach towards WIP management. A pilot implementation of a CONWIP control of inventory demonstrates reductions in cycle time variability and provides a foundation for further improvements. In conclusion, the challenges experienced with changing the manufacturing systems in Sort were largely organizational and likely to be seen in many other operational areas at Fab 23.
Thesis (M.B.A.)--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, 2005.Includes bibliographical references (p. 65-66).
DepartmentSloan School of Management.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.; Leaders for Manufacturing Program.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sloan School of Management., Mechanical Engineering., Leaders for Manufacturing Program.