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Title Analysis of the Japanese Production Performance - from a LEAN Perspective
Author Munkesø, Jan Michael
Thomsen, Nick Frederik
Institution Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Thesis level Master's thesis
Year 2005
Abstract Lean is a philosophy with a general set of principles made to precipitate the elimination of waste, focusing on the value adding processes throughout a company. In resent years many Danish companies have been trying to embrace these principles, changing their production in agreement with the concepts from Lean; many of which do not seem to get the desired benefits from of the implementation. Through the paper two areas have been identified as important; Kaizen, and production scheduling, in addition to these management commitment has also been identified as crucial for having Lean becoming a success. The Japanese production companies have long been famous for their excellent performance, and are also considered the place were the Lean philosophy, as we know it today, originates. The main part of this thesis have been to analyse and describe how the Japanese production companies are achieving their high performance, with focus on areas, where Danish companies are having problems. The analysis have emphasised practical issues used on the Japanese shop floors. The research has therefore been carried out in cooperation with Osaka University, and is the result of a six month stay in Japan, with visits to twelve different companies.
Imprint Institut for Produktion og Ledelse, DTU
Pages 135
Keywords LEAN Manufacturing; Kaizen; Production planning
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