Material Flow in Lean Manufacturing: Impacts of an effective material delivery model used within a lean manufacturing company

 
9783639352610: Material Flow in Lean Manufacturing: Impacts of an effective material delivery model used within a lean manufacturing company
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Delivering high quality products at a low cost to the customer is the primary goal of lean manufacturing companies. However, some lean businesses struggle to synchronize their daily operations with customer demand due to the lack of material and information flow. Successful material delivery systems are a critical element in sustaining material flow, lowering costs and improving key metrics in lean operations. This study analyzes the existing part delivery model used at a well established window manufacturing company that has recently undergone a lean transformation. The research includes a brief literature review, an examination of the current material flow and a pilot to test potential improvements to the material delivery system. The focus includes balancing work content, defining delivery routes, improving part presentation, establishing standard work and visual controls, and increasing part pick accuracy. The analysis is especially useful for students as well as manufacturing and supply chain professionals who want to improve their operations through better material delivery methods and part presentation.

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Kari has a Master of Science degree in Technology Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. She is happily married with two children and is currently employed as a manufacturing engineer in the midwest region of the United States.

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