APPLICATION OF LEAN TOOLS IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN OF A MAINTENANCE ENVIRONMENT

Cornelius Jacobus Fourie, Nicholas E Umeh

Abstract


Historically, Lean thinking has limited applications in the maintenance environment (that is, a non-manufacturing environment). This article reports on the Lean tools that can be implemented in the maintenance environment. To achieve this, a typical supply chain management of a rolling stock service organisation was used for analysis and validation. The approach was initially to map the current supply chain process through a standard method of value stream mapping so as to identify non-Lean activities. After mapping the current state, other suitable Lean tools for the current supply chain management were applied. Finally, performance Indicators were formulated for continuous review and assessment. 


Keywords


Lean thinking; Value Stream Mapping; Maintenance; Rolling Stock.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7166/28-1-1507

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