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IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica

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Guangyu Xiong, Xiuqin Shang, Gang Xiong and Timo R. Nyberg, "A Kind of Lean Approach for Removing Wastes From Non-Manufacturing Process With Various Facilities," IEEE/CAA J. Autom. Sinica, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 307-315, Jan. 2019. doi: 10.1109/JAS.2019.1911351
Citation: Guangyu Xiong, Xiuqin Shang, Gang Xiong and Timo R. Nyberg, "A Kind of Lean Approach for Removing Wastes From Non-Manufacturing Process With Various Facilities," IEEE/CAA J. Autom. Sinica, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 307-315, Jan. 2019. doi: 10.1109/JAS.2019.1911351

A Kind of Lean Approach for Removing Wastes From Non-Manufacturing Process With Various Facilities

doi: 10.1109/JAS.2019.1911351

the National Natural Science Foundation of China 61773381

the National Natural Science Foundation of China 61773382

the National Natural Science Foundation of China 61533019

the National Natural Science Foundation of China 91520301

Finnish TEKES's Project "SoMa2020:Social Manufacturing" 211560

Chinese Guangdong's S & T Project 2015B010103001

Chinese Guangdong's S & T Project 2016B090910001

Chinese Guangdong's S & T Project Gang Xiong 2017B090912001

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  • It is important to identify and remove the wastes not only from manufacturing process, but also from nonmanufacturing process. In the last several decades, significant research achievements and practice benefits have been achieved about removing wastes from manufacturing process. Since the 1990s, some researchers and lean practitioners have paid more attention to removing waste from non-manufacturing process. Based on the authors' research work and industrial practice, the paper introduces a kind of lean approach for removing waste from non-manufacturing process. In its case study, the order handling process in a value chain is described with respect to a factory and its downstream distribution centers (DCs). The paper proposes a lean approach solution for creating the improved order handling process, and analyze how great improvements in performance can be achieved. As a result, the significant achievement has created a win-win scenario for both the nonmanufacturing process in a factory and non-manufacturing facilities (like DCs) across the value chain. It demonstrates that improvements have been made by removing waste from the non-manufacturing process that takes place within a factory as well as with external participants through the whole value chain. Likewise, the proposed lean approach has helped the case companies to achieve greater levels of efficiency and more benefits. Finally, some conclusions are drawn.


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