Waste elimination to improve productivity by using Value Stream Mapping (VSM) in the factory

Tay, Kwai Fui (2010) Waste elimination to improve productivity by using Value Stream Mapping (VSM) in the factory. Masters thesis, Universiti Malaysia Sabah.


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This research describes the various types of non-value added processes (i.e. waste) that will downgrade the productivity of the elevator manufacturing factory in the industry. As the international competition and customers' demands are changing from time to time, manufacturer has to change their business strategy and factory management in order for them to adapt and accommodate to these kinds of rapid changes. Not only that, it is also crucial for the manufacturer to remain competitive in the industry, however this is not easy to achieve for most of the manufacturer as there are many internal and external factors that will downgrade the productivity and affect the competitiveness of the firm, thereafter deliver poor quality of products and delay the work processes in the factory. Therefore it is important for the manufacturer to have an effective strategy that will guarantee, or at least help to reduce or minimize the operation cost by identify and eradicate non-value added processes (i.e. waste) in the factory, hence to improve the quality in every area of the value streams, this shall inclusive of factory management. Furthermore, the research also describes the effectiveness of the Value Stream Mapping (VSM) in moderating the impacts of the waste towards the factory productivity. Results of the literature review, which was used to identify both manufacturing an9 VSM practises, are presented. Current state map of the SEC's factory processes flow also being documented and discussed in this research. The findings of this literature review were synthesized to adapt its instrument to assess both the waste and productivity level in this factory. This is an exploratory study and the analysis of the survey results had shown that waiting time and defect has negative impact on factory productivity in the Sabah Elevator Company (SEC). VSM does show the moderating effect towards the waiting time on the factory productivity. The major contribution of this research enables the manufacturer to gain better understanding on how the non-value added processes (Le. waste) can downgrade the productivity in this factory. The implication of each variable as well as managerial implications, proposed future state map, and further suggestions for future research were identified and proposed.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Value Streaming Mapping, Elevator manufacturing factory, Operation management, Manufacturing industry, Improving factory productivity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD58.7-58.95 Organizational behavior, change and effectiveness. Corporate culture
Divisions: SCHOOL > School of Business and Economics
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email storage.bpmlib@ums.edu.my
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2012 02:03
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2017 07:31
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/3609

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