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Development of a Digital Continuous Improvement System for Production

Hambach, Jens and Kümmel, Kilian and Metternich, Joachim (2017):
Development of a Digital Continuous Improvement System for Production.
In: Procedia CIRP, Manufacturing Systems 4.0 – 50th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, Taichung, (China), Elsevier B.V., pp. 330-335, 63, DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2017.03.086,
[Online-Edition: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212827117...],
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Abstract

The philosophy of the continuous improvement (CI) process aims at improving process stability and performance whilst increasing employees’ competencies at the same time. The difference to single improvement projects lies in the way the workforce is included in kaizen activities on an everyday basis. In a target-oriented CI approach the employees are also actively coached and guided by a leader (e.g. group or team leader) to act as a basis of the learning organization. The success and documentation of the improvement steps are therefore highly dependent on the skills of executives. Because of that, CI is currently being carried out in many companies either in a completely unstructured or in a traditional way with paper-based documentation. At that point digitalization concepts can support the effectiveness and efficiency of a CI system. The target of this paper lies in defining the core elements of a successful CI system and rating them against digitalization approaches which have been used in other parts of manufacturing. The compatibility of CI elements and digitalization approaches are rated with the help of the Delphi method. Following that, the concept of a digital CI is presented, which facilitates communication between managers and actual process improvers, documentation and employee learning during the improvement process. It is then compared to a traditional target-oriented CI process to show the major advantages and next steps in the introduction of such a system.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2017
Creators: Hambach, Jens and Kümmel, Kilian and Metternich, Joachim
Title: Development of a Digital Continuous Improvement System for Production
Language: English
Abstract:

The philosophy of the continuous improvement (CI) process aims at improving process stability and performance whilst increasing employees’ competencies at the same time. The difference to single improvement projects lies in the way the workforce is included in kaizen activities on an everyday basis. In a target-oriented CI approach the employees are also actively coached and guided by a leader (e.g. group or team leader) to act as a basis of the learning organization. The success and documentation of the improvement steps are therefore highly dependent on the skills of executives. Because of that, CI is currently being carried out in many companies either in a completely unstructured or in a traditional way with paper-based documentation. At that point digitalization concepts can support the effectiveness and efficiency of a CI system. The target of this paper lies in defining the core elements of a successful CI system and rating them against digitalization approaches which have been used in other parts of manufacturing. The compatibility of CI elements and digitalization approaches are rated with the help of the Delphi method. Following that, the concept of a digital CI is presented, which facilitates communication between managers and actual process improvers, documentation and employee learning during the improvement process. It is then compared to a traditional target-oriented CI process to show the major advantages and next steps in the introduction of such a system.

Journal or Publication Title: Procedia CIRP, Manufacturing Systems 4.0 – 50th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, Taichung, (China), Elsevier B.V.
Volume: 63
Uncontrolled Keywords: continuous improvement process; smart manufacturing; delphi method
Divisions: 16 Department of Mechanical Engineering
16 Department of Mechanical Engineering > Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW)
16 Department of Mechanical Engineering > Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW) > CiP Center for industrial Productivity
Event Title: The 50th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, Session F-2: Smart technologies for manufacturing, Smart Factories, Taichung, China, May 4th, 2017
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2017 13:53
DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2017.03.086
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212827117...
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