Value Stream Mapping in Glide Manufacturing: A Case Study of Insti-Tools in Zimbabwe
International Journal of Science, Technology and Society
Volume 3, Issue 2-2, April 2015, Pages: 6-10
Received: Oct. 13, 2014;
Accepted: Jan. 10, 2015;
Published: Feb. 27, 2015
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Maxwell Dzanya, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Harare Institute of Technology (HIT), Harare, Zimbabwe
Caroline Mukada, Caroline Mukada Department of Mechatronics, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe
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Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a tool for Lean Manufacturing which is used in mapping and identifying of all the specific actions required to eliminate the non-value activities manufacturing processes. Glides are essentially plastic components manufactured for supporting beds and sofas (legs). Due to globalisation and rapid advances in manufacturing technology, Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) involved in the manufacturing of Glides also need to move with the times and be able to adapt to new situations and VSM is the tool for that. This paper seeks to address the application of Value Stream Mapping to the production line for Glides with the aim of eliminating wastes and improving quality in the production of Glides. The current state map (CSM) was designed, analysed and suggestions were then given to improve the operational process while the future state map (FSM) was drawn for lean implementation.
Value Stream Mapping, Lean Manufacturing
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Value Stream Mapping in Glide Manufacturing: A Case Study of Insti-Tools in Zimbabwe, International Journal of Science, Technology and Society. Special Issue: Design Innovations for Sustainable Development.
Vol. 3, No. 2-2,
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