Integration of lean approaches to manage a manual assembly system

Qian Wang, Nick Bennett

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Today, importance of flexibility and reconfigurability needs to be addressed when designing and implementing a cost-effective and responsive manufacturing system. Such a system should be able to accommodate dynamic changes of product varieties and production volumes by maximizing its production capability and minimizing its production costs, this is particularly useful for a SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) to remain competitive in the market. For a manual assembly line, it is always a good practice using a highly skilled workforce that each assembly worker is capable of performing multiple tasks. Ideally, each worker is fully trained to complete assigned tasks of a unit from start to finish. This paper presents a case study of incorporating 5S management rules into an assembly system using so-called skillful and dynamic walking workers as a combination of lean management approaches to improve productivity and efficiency of a shop floor production line at a local plant.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-231
JournalOpen Journal of Social Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014


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