Lean Implementation Considerations in Factory Operations of Low Volume/High Complexity Production Systems
Author(s)Shields, J. Thomas; Kilpatrick, Auston; Pozsar, Michael; Ramirez-de-Arellano, Luis G.; Reynal, Vicente; Quint, Mitch; Schoonmaker, James; ... Show more Show less
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The researchers of the Lean Aircraft Initiative developed a hypothesized lean implementation model seeking to provide its members guidance on implementing lean transitions in factory operations of low volume/high complexity production systems. The model features four phases: (1) building a lean infrastructure to support lean behavior, (2) redesigning the flow of products in the factory, (3) revamping the operations management and (4) fostering process improvement. An order of implementation is discussed and each phase has implementation steps as well. Following the development of the hypothesized lean implementation model, twelve case studies were used to test the model. This report details the model and analyzes the case studies using the model as a framework.
The Lean Aircraft Initiative Report Series;RP97-04-152
LAI, lean implementation, factory operations, hypothesized model
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