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dc.contributor.advisorStephen C. Graves.en_US
dc.contributor.authorChen, Zhuling, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-03-28T18:09:15Z
dc.date.available2013-03-28T18:09:15Z
dc.date.copyright2012en_US
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/78157
dc.descriptionThesis (M. Eng. in Manufacturing)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2012.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 69-70).en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis suggests on the development process of a new layout design and visual management tools to improve the efficiency of a production line in a medical device company. Lean production philosophy and common lean techniques were adopted as a guideline in this project. A new layout design was proposed to utilize less manufacturing space while maintaining or improving the current production rate. A thorough study of the current system was conducted and preliminary analysis on the current system efficiency was evaluated. Design concepts were generated based on major reduction opportunities, namely removal of non-production areas on the floor, a point of use inventory system, consolidation of equipment and benches, new bench configuration. The final layout design reduced 479 ft 2 from the original layout with the same production rate. Visual management tools were developed after identifying key performance indicators for the production line. The visual management tools presented important data in a comprehensive way, facilitated communication among the production team and management team and empowered production associates in making continuous improvement on the floor. Key Words: Lean Manufacturing, Floor Area Reduction, Visual Management, Key Performance Indicators, System Efficiencyen_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Zhuling Chen.en_US
dc.format.extent84 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.titleProduction system improvement : floor area reduction and visual managementen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM.Eng.in Manufacturingen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc829679146en_US


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