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dc.contributor.advisorStephen C. Graves.en_US
dc.contributor.authorChen, Wu, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-30T17:01:35Z
dc.date.available2012-01-30T17:01:35Z
dc.date.copyright2011en_US
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/68897
dc.descriptionThesis (M. Eng.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2011.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 63-64).en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis documents the application of the principles of lean manufacturing and supply chain planning at Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates. Varian is a manufacturer of ion implantation machines, and supplies and services equipment for most of the leading semiconductor manufacturers. The demand for the company's products is uncertain. The products are customizable, and the production schedules change from day to day to comply with customer requests. In situations where variability - whether in product features or logistics, use of lean manufacturing techniques like Value Stream Mapping and Waste Elimination helped to highlight the main problems. The main problem at Varian was the chronic part shortage from suppliers. Further investigation revealed improper supply chain and inventory management. Specifically, the Kanban policy is found to have a majority impact of current shortage situation. Lean manufacturing principles and supply chain planning were implemented to analyze and remedy chronic part shortage. Improper supply chain and inventory management practices were identified. A new Kanban policy was used to improve the shortage situation. Recommendations included a shorter lot size review period, larger safety factor and a new lot size decision making strategy based on historical demand.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Wu Chen.en_US
dc.format.extent64 p.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.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.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectMechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.titleLean manufacturing in a mass customization plant : improvement of Kanban policy and implementationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM.Eng.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc773585296en_US


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