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Design of Simulation Tools for Training Programs in Lean Manufacturing

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Alok K. Verma, Harsh Hirkannawar, Jyotsna Devulapalli

Old Dominion University

Paper No. IMECE2005-79073, pp. 457-462; 6 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Innovations in Engineering Education: Mechanical Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Mechanical Engineering Education
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4232-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Lean Manufacturing is a powerful philosophy, which advocates minimization of waste throughout the value stream both within the organization and enterprise which includes the supply chain. A concept, which was first used by automobile manufacturers to enhance their operational efficiencies, Lean focuses on driving out non-value added activities from a company’s operation, while streamlining its value added activities. A number of companies in the United States have adopted the Lean Manufacturing philosophy to reduce cost and increase efficiency. To augment the existing training programs five new simulation tools in Ship Design Processes, Supply Chain Integration, Ship Repair Processes, Value Stream Mapping and Scheduling were developed under a grant from National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) by Old Dominion University, Northrop Grumman Newport News and South Tidewater Association of Ship Repairers. The paper will discuss the design, development and implementation of two of these new simulation tools.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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