Managing a manufacturing system with integration of walking worker and lean thinking

Said Rabah Azzam, Laura Carolina Arias, Shikun Zhou

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A product goes through various processes in a production flow which is also known as assembly line in manufacturing process management. Toyota created a new concept which is known as lean concept in manufacturing industry. Today it is the leading model in manufacturing plants through the globe. The linear walking worker assembly line is a flexible assembly system where each worker travels down the line carrying out each assembly task at each station; and each worker accomplishes the assembly of a unit from start to finish. This paper attempts to combine the flexibility of the walking worker and lean in order to quantify the benefits from applying the shop floor principles of lean management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-927
Number of pages3
JournalWorld Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2011


  • Lean management
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Linear assembly lines
  • Management
  • Shop floor management
  • Toyota production system
  • TPS
  • U-shaped assembly lines
  • Walking worker


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