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Court Shoe Production Line: Improvement of Process Cycle Efficiency by Using Lean Tools

Journal: Revista de Pielarie Incaltaminte / Leather and Footwear Journal (Vol.17, No. 3)

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Page : 135-146

Keywords : lean tools; VSM; lead time; PCE; technology assessment; court shoe; Bangladesh;

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Lean manufacturing is an applied methodology of scientific, objective techniques that cause work tasks in a process to be performed with a minimum of non-value adding activities resulting in greatly reduced wait time, queue time, move time, administrative time, and other delays. This work addresses the implementation of lean principles in a footwear manufacturing industry in order to evaluate present Process Cycle Efficiency (PCE) and lead time prior to developing an improved strategy to bring the improved PCE and to reduce the lead time. At the present state, the PCE was found 8.32% and after the implementation of lean tools, it would be 19.46% at the future state where lead time would also be reduced by 57.24% evaluated by Pareto analysis and value stream mapping (VSM) tools. The production flow was optimized by minimizing several non-value added activities and time such as bottlenecking, machine breakdown, queue time, waiting time, material handling time, etc. Eventually, this study will be useful in developing a more generic approach to design lean environment in the management system of the studied “X” Footwear Industry in Bangladesh.

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