Implementing Lean in the Design Processes — Validation Using

ICORD 09: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Research into Design, Bangalore, India 07.-09.01.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Chakrabarti, A.
Author: Verma,K.Alok; Dhayagude,S.Swanand
Section: Enabling Technologies and Tools
Page(s): 435-442


Lean Manufacturing is a powerful philosophy, which advocates minimization of waste throughout the value stream both within the organization and outside in the supply chain. Majority of shipbuilders in United States have adopted the Lean Manufacturing philosophy to reduce cost and increase ef ciency. However, attaining the goal of becoming a lean enterprise is still a utopia for majority of shipyards. Implementing lean principles in all facets of an organization's activity can only create a true lean enterprise. For many industries, the design process often constitutes a critical link in product realization process. Streamlining this process can result in improved ow in the value stream and reduction of the overall lead-time. This simulation tool was developed under a grant from NSRP, and in partnership with Old Dominion University, Northrop Grumman Newport News and South Tidewater Association of Ship Repairers. Results of lean implementation show dramatic reduction in lead-time for the design process

Keywords: Design Process, Lean Implementation, Simulation Based Training Program, Physical Simulation


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