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Lean assemble-to-order manufacturing at Ericsson
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, ISSN 1742-7967, E-ISSN 1742-7975, Vol. 15, no 1, 1-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article describes the findings and results from an improvement project concerning a production line at an Ericsson plant in Sweden. The article is a type of a case study that describes activities and discussions in an improvement project. A value stream mapping showed that only a few percent of the throughput time was really adding value to the customer. In an improvement project the involvements of all employees are important. Interviewing and education of workers/operators lead to that they also contribute with suggestions to improve the production flow. Value stream mapping though often classified as a lean technique is a technique for improvements of most kind of productions, here it is applied to a situation that must be classified more agile than lean. A selection of generated, and rather general, solutions were implemented: reduced buffers; more of a ‘one-piece’ flow; a reduced waiting time by adding work tasks; a more levelled manufacturing and efficient flow was created by a recombination of processes and a reallocation of work tasks. Our article hopefully stimulates students and practitioners to find improvement activities in similar situations and projects.

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2013. Vol. 15, no 1, 1-17 p.
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Industrial Logistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-12994DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2013.053235Local ID: c254e560-369e-451d-bf82-d0640dc7c0efOAI: diva2:985945
Validerad; 2013; 20130404 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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