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A systematic approach for identifying lean and green improvements related to packaging material in assembly
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9068-3527
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0662-539X
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of the Swedish Production Symposium 2011, 2011Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

One significant environmental impact from assembly operations includes packaging material use and subsequent waste generation. Although current practice involves reduction of unnecessary materials handling, there is potential to adapt packaging material in order to simultaneously improve the environmental performance and reduce cost in a “lean and green” mindset. Hence, with increased emphasis on sustainable and efficient production systems, there is a growing need for analysis and decision support tools to be used by operators and engineers as well as management. This paper approaches the gap by presenting an industrial application in the form of a set of simplistic analysis methods, as a systematic approach for identifying lean and green improvement potentials for packaging material in assembly. The methodology uses the advantages of eco-mapping, waste sorting analysis and material handling analysis and combines them with the systematic prioritisation of the five-step waste hierarchy and Bill of Material (BOM) structure. A pilot test indicates that a systematic use of these tools can be an efficient decision support for implementing focused improvements, providing cost reductions, productivity improvements and resource savings. Hence, the methodology adds to the general assembly optimisation toolbox, providing rapid answers for packaging decisions, including materials usage, handling and disposal processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
Keyword [en]
Green Production Systems, Lean Production, Industrial application, Packaging, Waste Management, Material Handling Analysis (MHA), Bill of Material (BOM)
National Category
Engineering and Technology Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Innovation and Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-12282OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-12282DiVA: diva2:418247
Conference
Swedish Production Symposium 2011
Projects
Green Production Systems
Funder
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Available from: 2011-05-20 Created: 2011-05-20 Last updated: 2017-03-06Bibliographically approved

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