The Effect Of Lean Production On A Process Plant

1138 Words Sep 21st, 2016 5 Pages
Griffith School of Engineering, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD4222, Australia
This paper presents a review of the use of Lean Production in a process plant. It defines lean production as a process putting into consideration the history and the reason it was formulated. It also considers the application, benefits and the barriers to the effective maximization of the process.

Keywords: Lean Production, Process plant, Definition, Applications, Benefits, Conclusion

1. Definition
Any activity in a process, which does not add value to the customer, is called ‘waste’. Sometimes the waste is a necessary part of the process and adds value to the company and this cannot be eliminated, e.g., financial controls.

Lean production is based on the principles and working processes of the Toyota Production System (TPS), and has been defined as doing more with less. In its simplest terms, lean production can be described as the elimination of waste. It has been most prominent in discrete, repetitive assembly-type operations. Liker suggests that the goals of lean production are highest quality, lowest cost, and shortest lead-time. Lean production can be considered as a philosophy and as a set of tools and practices for the continuous improvement of operations.
2. Brief History of Lean Production
In order to understand lean production system, it is important to understand it in its historical perspective first.…
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