Masters Thesis

Lean manufacturing in a job shop environment using value stream mapping

In the last 20 years, wood items and the furniture industry in the United States have been influenced by the competitive business environment, unpredictable economic cycles, increased production levels and transportation expenditure, changing purchaser propensities, and expanded international competition. Due to these reasons the smallscale manufacturers have been compelled to implement Lean in order to optimize productivity while at the same time reduce waste. This thesis tries to expand on the difficulties and obstacles confronted while applying Lean concepts in job shop environment. The research relied on scientific literature to explain the main principles of Lean. On the basis of information collected, a number of challenges were recognized and recommendations on how to resolve them were presented. The outcomes of this study are expected to offer strategic and value addition to the small manufacturers on the use of Lean manufacturing with value stream mapping.

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