N91329 Lean Manufacturing - English Version

Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale
Academic Year 2018/19 First Semester

Docente TitolareRossella Pozzi
Office"Torre" (main tower), 1st floor
Phone0331 572587

Learning Objectives

Market globalization requires companies to constantly improve their performance. In recent years, a growing number of companies (regardless of their size and product characteristics) have started a renewal of their processes according to "Lean Manufacturing" principles and, accordingly, the request for young engineering graduates who are able to get involved quickly in the context of these transformation projects is increasing.

The course aims to provide the basic skills to operate in companies that want to gain competitive advantage through a streamlined transformation of their organization, obtaining quick and sustainable results.

To better understand the topics presented and carry out the activities envisaged in the course, students are required to:

  • Observe
  • Critical analyze the capabilities of different situations,
  • Will to constantly ask questions about problems that are found and answered,
  • Will to take challenges and to propose alternative solutions,
  • Work in team

Learning targets

By the end of the course, students are able to understand which activities involved by the processes are not value-added and which are the appropriate tools and practices to by applied in order to eliminate wastes. With reference to tools and practices, students have the skills required to apply to real contexts.

Course Content

After an introductory phase aimed at describing the cultural and organizational changes needed to effectively deal with the transformation, the main tools needed to identify the Value Flow (Value Stream Map), identifying the sources of waste that will allow, once eliminated, the desired improvement are presented.

Through concepts of Stability of Processes and Standardization of Work, one can understand the concept of “Just-In-Time”, achievable through the implementation of the key elements such as leveling, Pull management and the Kanban system.

The program also provides explanations of the main techniques to reduce waste or all activities that do not add value to the product, namely:

  • 5S (creating workstations in order and with only the necessary tools)
  • SMED (reduction of the time of attracts)
  • Kaizen (continuous improvement)
  • Department Layout Review (dedicated lines, mixed-line lines, and U-generation cells)

Course Delivery

Classes will take place both in the classroom, where concepts and their application to case studies will be discussed, and in Lean Manufacturing companies manufacturing departments, providing details on the structured approach followed for solving the faced criticalities.

Course Evaluation

Final exam.

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