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Utilization of Man Power, Increment in Productivity by Using Lean Management in Kitting Area of Engine Manufacturing Facility - A Case Study

Published August 8, 2018 by SAE International in United States
Utilization of Man Power, Increment in Productivity by Using Lean
                    Management in Kitting Area of Engine Manufacturing Facility - A Case
                    Study
Sector:
Citation: Vairagde, H. and Hans, N., "Utilization of Man Power, Increment in Productivity by Using Lean Management in Kitting Area of Engine Manufacturing Facility - A Case Study," SAE Int. J. Mater. Manf. 11(3):205-212, 2018, https://doi.org/10.4271/05-11-03-0020.
Language: English

Abstract:

The project of lean management is implemented in General Motors India Private Limited, Pune, India plant. The aim of the project is to improve manpower utilization by removing seven types of wastes using lean management system in kitting process. Lean manufacturing or management is the soul of Just-In-Time philosophy and is not new in Automobile manufacture sector where it born. Kitting area is analogs to the modern supermarket where required components, parts, consumables, subassemblies are kept in bins. These bins are placed in racks so that choosing right part at right time can be achieved easily. Video recording, in-person observation, feedback from online operators and other departments such as maintenance, control, supply chain etc. are taken. It is observed that the work content performed by current strength of operators can be performed by less number of operators. After executing this project, it was possible to reduce one operator and increase manpower utilization. Continuous improvement is a part of lean management the organization is striving for it.