As lean manufacturing is increasingly becoming a common practice today in an effort to keep companies competitive, new and innovative processes are becoming the norm. Part of that innovation includes the development of automated machinery that can help alleviate some struggles with lead times and reduce overall labor. It is all in keeping with the trend of building products cheaper and faster to gain that edge. Company X has been focusing their efforts on lean manufacturing for years now. This paper covers an important project that involves the implementation of a complex mechanical system in an effort to build products faster, smarter, and simpler while keeping lean manufacturing in mind. Some of the lean tools used are Value-Stream Maps, Spaghetti Diagrams, Time Studies, and understanding the 5S+1 principle in order to understand the product flow, identify both value added and non-value added work, all to eliminate waste during the product build.
Date of Degree
Master of Science (MS)
Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Science, Engineering and Technology
OluSola, O. (2017). Lean Implementation Through Process Automation [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/843/
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