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Manufacturing system sustainability through lean and agile initiatives

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : International Journal of Sustainable Engineering

Source : International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, Taylor and Francis Ltd., Volume 12, Issue 3, p.159-173 (2019)

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Keywords : agile manufacturing, Agile manufacturing systems, analytical hierarchy process, Analytical network process, Industrial economics, Innovative approaches, Lean production, Operational excellence, Pharmaceutical industry, Philosophical aspects, Social aspects, Sustainability dimensions, Sustainable development, System sustainability

Campus : Coimbatore

School : School of Engineering

Department : Mechanical Engineering

Verified : Yes

Year : 2019

Abstract : Sustainability is one of the most critical issues facing manufacturers today. The industries must develop new and innovative approaches to ensure sustainability in economic, environmental and social aspects. The operational excellence strategies such as Lean and Agile manufacturing can be applied in the industries that add value to the product by eliminating waste and quickly respond to dynamic changes in demand. This paper presents a framework that builds and assesses the sustainability of the manufacturing system with combined lean and agile concepts. Analytical Hierarchy Process and Analytical Network Process are identified as suitable methodologies to analyze the model. The model is validated in an Ayurveda Pharmaceutical industry to identify the most important factors of lean and agile manufacturing that build and enable the sustainability dimensions such as Economic, Environmental, Social, Technological and Ethical. The results show that the industry focuses more on economic aspects of sustainability followed by social, environmental, ethics and technological dimensions of sustainability in the case of a lean perspective. For an agile perspective, the weightage is more for social dimension followed by ethics, economic, technological and environmental dimensions of sustainability. © 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Cite this Research Publication : V. Venugopal and Dr. Saleeshya P.G., “Manufacturing system sustainability through lean and agile initiatives”, International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 159-173, 2019.

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