Authors: Naveen Virmani; Rajeev Saha; Rajeshwar Sahai
Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, YMCA University of Science and Technology, Faridabad-121006, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, YMCA University of Science and Technology, Faridabad-121006, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Rattan College of Engineering, Palwal-121002, India
Abstract: Leagile manufacturing is one of the recent dominant research areas in the field of operations management in the current scenario. However, there is a lack of research focusing on leagile in manufacturing industries. The leagile system combines the advantages of both lean as well as agile system. The purpose of the paper is to make the industries and academicians aware of the leagile concept and its tools so as to meet the fluctuating needs of customers in short duration of time. It provides industries to remove all different types of wastes and at the same time concurrently meeting the changing needs of customers and hence helps in achieving better customer satisfaction. Both lean and agile systems can be incorporated simultaneously in the system by proper positioning of de-coupling point in the supply chain. In the upstream of the supply chain, lean system is adopted while in downstream, agile system is best suited.
Keywords: de-coupling point; lean manufacturing; agile manufacturing; leagile manufacturing.
International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, 2018 Vol.23 No.3, pp.385 - 421
Received: 11 Aug 2016
Accepted: 18 Feb 2017
Published online: 12 Feb 2018 *