Title: An Evaluation of the Applicability of Lean Methods in an Engineer-to-Order, High-Mix-Low-Volume Manufacturing Environment - A Cas Study in the Heavy Indsutry
Language: English
Authors: Wenzel, Yvonne 
Qualification level: Diploma
Advisor: Duda, Thomas 
Issue Date: 2021
Number of Pages: 94
Qualification level: Diploma
The study reviewed the applicability of Lean methodology in the engineer-to-order, high-mix-low-volume environment. It asked the question of whether Lean practices find applicability in an engineer-to-order environment in the same way as in a mass production or in low-mix-high-volume environments. Furthermore, it looked to explore whether Lean practices can be implemented in the classical way in an engineer-to-order operation or whether adaptations to Lean practices are necessary. As Lean methodology originated in the automotive industry it is well suited for serial productions in the low-mix-high-volume field. Therefore, the question arises how well Lean methodologies are suited to complex and dynamic environments in the high-mix-low-volume field. Lean concepts were reviewed followed by a literature review with a focus on the engineer-to-order, high-mix-low-volume applications. In particular, the approach of Lean bundles was examined and applied to the case study. The study showed that for Company A, the implementation of Lean practices in a holistic and integrative way across the organisation has led to tangible performance improvements. The Lean practices were adapted to suit the requirements of Company A. A considerable level of customisation was required to adjust classical Lean practices to fit the more flexible and dynamic needs of company A. In line with Lean philosophy expectations, the Lean restructuring programme did considerably reduce waste (muda) across the organisation and allow for a better production flow through smoothing of demand (mura), in turn reducing the overburdening of staff and of equipment (muri). It can therefore be concluded that
Keywords: Engineer-to-order; high-mix-low-volume; Heavy industry; B2B manufacturing; Lean methods
URI: https://doi.org/10.34726/hss.2021.90522
DOI: 10.34726/hss.2021.90522
Library ID: AC16214779
Organisation: E017 - TU Wien Academy 
Publication Type: Thesis
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