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Value stream mapping of a rubber products manufacturer

by Carr, Jeffrey M.

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The purpose of this study is to develop a plan for reducing lead-times and increasing throughput in a rubber product manufacturing plant by using value stream mapping. The plant produces rubber screening media and wear products used in the mining and aggregate industry that is sold throughout the western hemisphere. A worldwide increase in demand for raw materials has caused sales to increase tremendously for screening and wear media products. The increased workload at the plant has resulted in longer lead-times even though the plant's capacity has not been exceeded. The rubber products manufacturer is inefficient because it produces products in batch quantities and has poor product flow due to operations being departmentalized. The increase in lead-times could cause a loss in the market share to its competitors. The rubber products manufacturer must reduce its lead-times in order to remain competitive and continue its growth by providing quality products in a timely manner. Research Adviser: Ned Weckmueller MonWYear : December, 2005 Number of Pages: 49 Style Manual Used: American Psychological Association, 5th edition A study will be carried out using value stream mapping to determine areas of potential improvement on the plant floor. A current state map will be developed and analyzed to pin point areas that have potential for improvement. A future state map will then be created to suggest ways to reduce lead-times and increase throughput. The map will include lean manufacturing methods to reduce wastes in the system; increasing throughput and reducing lead-times. The Graduate School University of Wisconsin Stout Menomonie, WI
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School:University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

School Location:USA - Wisconsin

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:production management rubber industry and trade

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