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Conference Proceedings


IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Institute of Physics Publishing, Volume 310, Number 1 (2018)



Customer expectation, Human resource management, In-process, Lean management, Lean production, Lean thinking, Lean tools, Machine tools, Manufacture, Manufacturing organizations, Productivity, Small and medium enterprise, Top management


In the era of stiff competition and customer expectations, manufacturing organizations across the world are struggling hard to minimize their costs and maximise their performance. Micro, Small and Medium enterprises (MSMEs), who are dependent on large corporate for business and support have a tall task of keeping pace quality in processes and output. They are in the constant vigil to adopt new systems and practices so that they can minimise their cost and maximize the productivity. This study has been conducted in the machine tool sector of Coimbatore, India; which houses more than 9000 companies and offers employment to over one lakh employees. They have a tremendous pressure to use scientific processes to increase their product quality and productivity. While Lean manufacturing has been the thrust to improve the competitiveness among MSMEs in India, this study has attempted to understand their attitude towards lean management and understand the extent to which companies practice lean tools and practices. It has been found that most of the organizations in the study possess a culture of lean thinking and possess the support of top management and employees also towards the initiative. It is also seen that the organizations that incorporated lean in their daily operations have been able to scale up their productivity.


cited By 0; Conference of International Conference on Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Applications 2017, IConAMMA 2017 ; Conference Date: 17 August 2017 Through 19 August 2017; Conference Code:135135

Cite this Research Publication

Dr. R. G. Priyaadharshini, Sathishkumar V. R., and S. Rajlakshmi, A., “Study on Lean Thinking among MSMEs in the Machine Tool Sector in India”, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 310. Institute of Physics Publishing, 2018.