A process for designing lean- and sustainable production

DS 87-1 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 1: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Jaghbeer, Yasmeen; Motyka, Yvonne; Hallstedt, Sophie
Series: ICED
Institution: Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Section: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies
Page(s): 051-060
ISBN: 978-1-904670-89-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


Today’s trends such as globalization, increased customer demands, and increased sustainability challenges have caused a paradigm shift, where the importance of designing lean- and sustainable modern manufacturing systems is realized by many companies. This study proposes a process of action steps using Value Stream Mapping method integrated with sustainability life cycle analysis and sustainability compliance index to assist in designing lean- and sustainable production systems. The developed process was validated through a case study to test the adopted tools and how they can capture and improve the lean- and sustainability levels. The current sustainability and lean levels were explored first, followed by analyzing and developing the future improved state. A roadmap of about 40 actions was suggested to the case company distributed on a one year time plan. The key contribution of this study is an applicable and generic process of action steps including several adopted tools from the lean-and sustainable product development fields to help manufacturing companies in creating roadmaps for more lean- and sustainable production systems.

Keywords: Lean production systems, Sustainability, Value Stream Mapping, Lean design, Case study


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