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Title: Application of Lean Concepts to the Teaching of Lean Systems PDF
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Creator: Hall, Arlie
Holloway, Lawrence
Publisher: University of Kentucky
Description: Lean manufacturing organizations, such as Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), are often described through their outward attributes: just-in-time inventory control, kaizen, emphasis on quality-at-the-source, empowered workers and teams, standardized work, etc. We maintain that these visible characteristics of Lean organizations are intended to support the organization as a continuous learning organization. The systems associated with lean are implemented to enhance the learning of the individuals and the organization itself in a drive for continuous improvement. When successfully implemented, these systems establish a problem-solving culture within the organization, where teams and groups continuously learn, adapt, and improve on a daily basis. In teaching Lean manufacturing in a university setting, educators must teach the content (tools, techniques, and structures) of Lean. Educators should also teach about the culture of lean. If we believe that the structures of lean are effective in enhancing learning in the industry setting and in building a problem-solving culture, then we should consider how these same structures can be translated into the classroom setting. The goal is not only to improve learning, but also to practice what we preach. The teaching of a continuous improving lean system curriculum, at its core, is contingent on developing and deploying a well institutionalized, continuous improving, problem solving culture within the classroom. This paper will argue that TMCs continuous learning lean system is applicable in teaching a lean curriculum at the university college of engineering level. In the next section, we describe the way in which a lean manufacturing organization is a continuous learning system. This is presented in the context of the universal continuous learning model of Fujio Cho during his 1986-1995 startup activities at TMCs Georgetown, Kentucky facility. In subsequent sections, we consider the four elements of continuous learning systems. For each element, we overview what that element means within an industrial setting, and how those ideas are translated into a classroom setting to support a curriculum for undergraduate and graduate education in Lean manufacturing at the University of Kentucky. Section 6 outlines a Lean manufacturing curriculum as it is implemented at one university. Section 7 concludes with some summary statements.
LC Classification: Technology -- Manufactures -- Production management. Operations management
Technology -- Manufactures -- Production management. Operations management -- Manufacturing engineering. Process engineering
Technology -- Mechanical engineering and machinery -- Study and teaching
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Key Concept: Manufacturing -- Flexible manufacturing systems
Manufacturing -- Production lines
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Teaching Guides
Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Secondary Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
University Second Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: American Society for Engineering Education
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2009-09-11 03:00:02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-05 14:51:06 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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