Lean Implementation in Manufacturing Industries: Benefits and Shortcomings
Publication Date : 01/10/2017
Manufacturing industries require continuous improvement process to perform better and withstand the intense global competition. Lean manufacturing or lean production is one of the most popular paradigms in process improvement. Lean philosophy is implemented by organizations worldwide but its implantation is snail-paced in India and needs to be augmented. Based on a systematic literature review and by performing a case study on lean implementation, this paper presents a detailed analysis of lean philosophy in manufacturing industries. Numerous benefits and shortcomings associated with lean implementation are explained in this paper. This paper presents the case studies on lean implementation performed by researchers over the years using various tools and methodologies for the review and understanding of most effective lean tools, benefits and shortcomings of lean production system (LPS). The authors have performed and presented a case study on lean implementation in a manufacturing industry to realize its benefits and shortcomings. The proposed work provides required preliminary information for lean implementation in manufacturing industries. Factors that hinder lean implementation are identified which must be sorted for successful implementation of lean principles in any manufacturing organization.
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