Lean Cables – A Step towards Competitive, Sustainable and Profitable Processes
In the business world, one of the key challenges is how to survive in ever changing business environments and outperforming the competitors, while keeping the operational cost at minimum and profits at maximum level. In other words, this can be described as the problem of improving operational efficiency and reducing cost. Over the past few years due to global financial challenges, it has become even more important to improve the operational efficiency and reduce costs to survive through these tough conditions. Like other successful implementations of Lean philosophy, especially in automobile, aerospace, steel and healthcare, it can be applied in cable manufacturing to achieve competitive, sustainable and profitable processes. The main focus of Lean philosophy is to create value for the stakeholders and end customers by reducing the non-value added activities or waste, and laying a strong foundation towards sustainable growth, by focusing on continuous process improvement. The overall philosophy provides a focused approach for continuous process improvement and the targeting of a variety of tools and methods to bring improvements. This paper presents case studies for Lean scheduling of manufacturing processes (Semiconductor and cable industry) and exemplify how Lean scheduling processes allow organisations to maintain the continuous improvement philosophy. This paper also addresses the key elements of rescheduling processes i.e. how to schedule and when to schedule. Further, the paper will exemplify key benefits of Lean scheduling and how the Cable industry could benefit from the proposed approach.
Citation : Kang, P. S., Duffy, A., Shires, N., Smith, T. and Novels M. (2014) Lean Cables – A Step towards Competitive, Sustainable and Profitable Processes. Proceedings of the 63rd IWCS Conference, RI, USA, (Nov 2014), pp. 310 - 317
Research Institute : Institute of Engineering Sciences (IES)
Peer Reviewed : Yes