Beyond 'Read a plant - fast' (for lean): read an enterprise for mass customization
2003 (English)In: Proceedings of the 2nd Interdisciplinary World Congress on Mass Customization and Personalization, 2003Conference paper (Refereed)
In this paper, a preliminary tool is presented for use in the analysis of the mass customization situation at an enterprise. The new tool is a modification and expansion of an existing lean manufacturing tool called the Rapid Plant Assessment (RPA). To do so, the relationship between lean manufacturing and mass customization is first discussed in terms of the similarities and differences between the two manufacturing strategies. Next, a review of existing tools for lean production and mass customization is made, with a focus on a popular RPA lean manufacturing tool, which is described in detail in “Read a Plant – Fast” (Goodson, 2002). Following this, the requirements for a modified and expanded tool are suggested, leading to the initial development of what the authors call “Read an Enterprise for Mass Customization” (REMC). The REMC is then applied to a number of cases in Swedish industry, and the results of this application are presented. The ensuing discussion includes the applicability of the tool in practice and the benefits of such a tool for industry. Finally, suggestions are made for the further development of the tool and its continued utilization in industrial settings.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87849OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-87849DiVA: diva2:600413
The 2nd Interdisciplinary World Congress on Mass Customization and Personalization, 6-8 October, 2003, Munich, Germany