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Production improvement in a small and medium sized enterprise (SME) using lean production approach

Hassan, Mohd Hafiz (2014) Production improvement in a small and medium sized enterprise (SME) using lean production approach. Masters thesis, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.


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This project attempts to improve production in Siding Klasik Enterprise. Siding Klasik Enterprise is a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) at Padang Siding, Perlis which produce traditional cakes, bahulu. The objectives of the study are to: (1) assess current status of production in a manufacturing company, (2) identify opportunities for production improvement in a manufacturing company and (3) propose strategies to improve production using lean production approach. Data collection methods used for this study are interview, observation and document review. The current production status and opportunities for improvement have been identified using Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis and informal 5S audit. Three improvement strategies have been proposed and implemented in the case companies, which include 5S, layout improvement and preparing Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) to obtain MeSTI certification. Implementation of 5S makes the sales area, production area and store more tidy and clean to enhance quality, productivity, safety and efficiency. Improved production layout makes process distance shortened from 217.5 feet to 162.3 feet and time duration reduced from 109 second to 81 second. Reduction of total process distance is 55.2 feet and total time duration is 28 second. Total time for completing production of 400 bahulu is four hours, 40 minutes and 50 seconds. After improvement, the total time is four hours, 37 minutes and 27 seconds. Therefore, the reduction of production time is three minutes and 23 seconds. Several SOPs have been prepared to obtain MeSTI certification. The impact of obtaining MeSTI certificate includes a system that assures the hygiene and traceability of product, improve customers confidence and easier to penetrate market.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS155-194 Production management. Operations management
Depositing User: Mr. Mohammad Shaifulrip Ithnin
Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 07:34
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 07:34
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/9099
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