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Viability of lean manufacturing tools and techniques in the apparel industry in Sri Lanka

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dc.contributor.advisor Perera, HSC
dc.contributor.advisor Samarasinghe, GD Silva, SKPN 2014-08-21T16:54:15Z 2014-08-21T16:54:15Z 2014-08-21
dc.description.abstract Lean Manufacturing can be considered as a business strategy which was originated and developed in Japan. It tries to identify waste and eliminate it. Thus it leads to improvement in productivity and quality and companies can achieve a competitive advantage over others. Starting from the automotive industry, it has rapidly spread into many other industrial sectors and there has been significant development and localization of the Lean Manufacturing concept in both developed and developing countries worldwide. In implementing this concept there are tools and techniques developed by Toyota which can be used effectively. The initial step of this research is to study about the Lean Manufacturing. It starts by looking at how Lean Manufacturing first began. Then it seeks to identify the core principles, tools and techniques of Lean Manufacturing. After that an extensive literature review was carried out to find successful Lean tools and techniques currently use in worldwide. The next step is to identify tools which are used frequently and which are not used. There will be a study to find out the barriers of implementing other tools and techniques After studying the global scenario the next step is to look at the Sri Lankan context. Sri Lankan industries, especially apparel sector have attempted to implement this, but a little research work is carried out in regarding its suitability. This research is an attempt to identify a suitable Lean model for the apparel industry in Sri Lanka using real world data, structured surveys, observations, and on site interviews. Also the study will reveal period of Lean implementation, suitable implementation methods, order of implementation, tools which are avoided, sustainability of different tools, challenges faced, ways of overcoming challenges and benefits achieved after applying Lean Manufacturing concepts in the apparel sector of Sri Lanka. The findings states Lean Manufacturing can be applied to mass production apparel industries and has made positive impacts. As implementation of Lean concepts is still in development stage, the full benefit is not yet achieved. However current situation suggests that the industry can go forward with Lean. In this research the author has come up with a model which can be used to implement Lean in a systematic manner and each manufacturer must develop their own Lean system through training, experiments and kaizen. Originality of the research: The research builds up a Lean Model which is not yet developed for the apparel sector in Sri Lanka. It can be further modified to suit the global apparel industry and other industries as well. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Lean Manufacturing en_US
dc.subject Lean tools and techniques en_US
dc.subject Apparel industry en_US
dc.subject Viability en_US
dc.subject Sri Lanka en_US
dc.title Viability of lean manufacturing tools and techniques in the apparel industry in Sri Lanka en_US
dc.type Thesis-Abstract en_US
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US Master of Engineering Manufacturing System Engineering en_US
dc.identifier.department Mechanical Engineering en_US 2011-01
dc.identifier.accno 102540 en_US

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