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See discussions, stats, and author profiles for this publication at: Automated Lean Manufacturing Thesis · April 2017 DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.15047.70561 CITATIONS 0 READS 1,175 1 author: Some of the authors of this publication are also working on these related projects: Automated Lean Manufacturing View project Shafras Nafais Kingston University London 1 PUBLICATION 0 CITATIONS SEE PROFILE All content following this page was uploaded by Shafras Nafais on 22 May 2017. The user has requested enhancement of the downloaded file.
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1 | P a g e ABSTRACT All manufacturing industry has put in continuous effort for its survival in the current impulsive and competitive economy. In order to handle the critical situation, manufacturers are trying to implement new and innovative techniques in their manufacturing process by making it more effective and efficient. This competitive atmosphere of production and high labor cost, motivate companies to use technologies like automation as a mean to increase manufacturing competiveness. On the other hand companies are aware about cost reductive policies like lean production which has shown noticeable achievements. Consequently some manufacturers tend to follow such systems. In this scenario, in order to have lean enterprise, it is vital to find a clear picture of challenges and potentials of implementing the right amount of automation. If the process of developing automation is not efficient and the manufacturing processes were not analyzed during the time, the result may not be lean. It will be a disastrous situation if the wrong technology was implemented or improper implementation of proper technology. So, finding the right amount of automation that can be used in developing automation projects is very important. A detailed analysis was conducted on lean manufacturing and automation to identify the importance of each discipline. The aim of this report is to provide a suitable approach to implement lean automation and importance of it. A case study was carried out in order find the importance of the combination of lean and automation for an automated lean manufacturing.
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2 | P a g e ACKNOWLEGEMENT I would like to express gratitude to my supervisor for the useful comments, remarks and engagement through the learning process of this project. Without his guidance and persistent help this report would not have been possible. I would like to show my greatest appreciation to the people in the industry. It has been a tremendous support and help from those people during the research phase. Without their knowledge and information this project would have been a blank page. I also admire the guidance and support I received from all the people who contributed to this project and I am grateful to every one of them.
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