Authors: Jagdeep Singh; Surjit Kumar Gandhi; Harwinder Singh
Addresses: Mechanical Engineering Department, Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology, Katani-Kalan, Ludhiana, Punjab-141113, India ' NIT, Jalandhar, India ' Mechanical Engineering Department, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering, College, Ludhiana, Punjab-141006, India
Abstract: Lean manufacturing is a performance-based strategy for maximising customer value by elimination of waste, while improving profitable growth of the organisation. The present study has been carried out at recliner assembly shop of an automobile manufacturing industry in North India with an aim to develop and implement lean manufacturing program in a systematic manner. The systematic procedure has been adopted to identify wastes, their reasons of occurrence and selection of suitable methods adopted for their removal. The recommendations of experts have been implemented by conducting a tack time study of recliner assembly process which reduced inventory by 14% by line balancing. The divisions of customer's monthly requirements into week plans has improved the tool setup time by 29% and reduced working delay. Administrative controls have been implemented to conduct in house training sessions of workers that had reduced absenteeism by 15%.
Keywords: lean manufacturing; manufacturing industry; rejection rate.
International Journal of Business Excellence, 2020 Vol.21 No.2, pp.274 - 296
Received: 31 Jan 2018
Accepted: 19 Nov 2018
Published online: 19 May 2020 *