MIT 15 763J - Implementing Lean Manufacturing Through Factory Design (128 pages)

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Implementing Lean Manufacturing Through Factory Design



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Implementing Lean Manufacturing Through Factory Design

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128
School:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Course:
15 763j - Manufacturing System and Supply Chain Design

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Implementing Lean Manufacturing Through Factory Design By Jamie W Flinchbaugh B S Mechanical Engineering Lehigh University 1994 M S Mechanical Engineering University of Michigan 1996 Submitted to the Sloan School of Management and the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degrees of Master of Science in Management and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology May 1998 1998 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Signature of Author Sloan School of Management Department of Mechanical Engineering Certified by David E Hardt Thesis Supervisor Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering Certified by Janice Klein Thesis Supervisor Senior Lecturer Sloan School of Management Accepted by Anthony T Patera Chairman of the Graduate Committee Department of Mechanical Engineering Accepted by Lawrence S Abeln Director of Master s Program Sloan School of Management Page 1 Implementing Lean Manufacturing Through Factory Design By Jamie W Flinchbaugh Abstract Factory design can play an important role in the diffusion of new technologies for manufacturing Historically factory design impeded the electrification of factories because there were significant interrelationships between the factory infrastructure and electric manufacturing processes These interrelationships could not be fully leveraged partly because huge investments were tied up in the old factories but more importantly it took a long time for people to understand all of the interrelationships that constituted an entirely new technological system I explore in this thesis that the diffusion of lean manufacturing suffers the same fate as factory electrification and therefore exploring the interrelationships that make up lean manufacturing systems including factories will help extend the adoption of lean manufacturing in U S factories I explore the relationships between factory design and lean manufacturing through two tools



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