Year of Publication
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Lean Manufacturing has proven to be a very successful strategy for achieving production efficiencies. The basic elements of lean manufacturing are flow and pull. The traditional methods for establishing flow and pull do not fit well in the realm of high variety low volume manufacturing systems. This thesis provides a general framework for establishing flow and pull in high variety low volume manufacturing systems, through the concept of hybrid flow layouts. The existing analytical procedure for forming hybrid flow layouts is described and a new heuristic procedure, that overcomes some of the limitations of the existing procedure, is proposed. The performance of the new procedure in comparison to the existing procedure is illustrated using a real world case study. Finally, certain practical implementation issues that affect the formation of hybrid flow layouts are provided.
Narayanan, Mukund, "HYBRID FLOW STRATEGIES FOR HIGH VARIETY LOW VOLUME MANUFACTURING FACILITIES TO IMPLEMENT FLOW AND PULL" (2002). University of Kentucky Master's Theses. 366.