Title: Investigating the teaching of 'advanced quality methods' through lean manufacturing techniques in industrial engineering

Authors: Isam Abdul Qader Abdul Rahman Elbadawi

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Hail, P.O. Box 2440, Building 14, Office S045, Hail, Saudi Arabia

Abstract: Advanced quality methods (ISE420) is one of the elective courses of the industrial engineering curriculum at the University of Hail (UoH). The purpose of this research is to determine whether the 5S hands-on exercise resulted in improving students' understanding of lean manufacturing techniques. The theoretical part was covered through lecturing, case studies and speakers from Hail Industrial City (HIC). The experimental part was covered through hands-on exercises and field visits to selected industrial companies at HIC. The 5S hands-on exercise provided students with a great learning opportunity as it helped them to better appreciate the efficiency of lean manufacturing in reducing the process assembly time in laboratory experiments from 3,315.6 seconds to 849.6 seconds. The exercise procedures enhanced the students' ability of recognising the lean manufacturing waste identification. Students were more motivated to explore team-based projects, evolved a better level of interdependence and increased their innovation abilities through lean manufacturing methodology.

Keywords: lean manufacturing; quality methods; 5S; manufacturing waste.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAET.2021.118471

International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology, 2021 Vol.15 No.4, pp.529 - 537

Received: 06 Feb 2019
Accepted: 13 Feb 2019

Published online: 09 Sep 2021 *

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