Friday, February 27, 2015

Research and Development Papers on Toyota Production System

Rationalizing the Design of the Toyota Production System:
A Comparison of Two Approaches
J. Won, , D. Cochran, , H. T. Johnson, , S. Bouzekouk, B. Masha

Production System Design Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and
School of Business Administration, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA

This paper examines two recent attempts to develop frameworks to explain the Toyota Production System (TPS).
In Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System, Spear and Bowen assert that the design, operation and improvement of manufacturing systems can be captured in four basic rules.
In A Decomposition Approach for Manufacturing System Design, Cochran et. al. show how a Manufacturing System Design Decomposition (MSDD) can express the relationships between the design requirements and corresponding solutions within a manufacturing system.
This paper compares and contrasts how each of these approaches incorporates the requirements of successful manufacturing system design.

Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System
Steven Spear and H. Kent Bowen
Harvard Business Review, THE SEPTEMBER 1999

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Graduate Certificate in Productivity Improvement - Oakland University

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
502 Engineering Center  (map)
(248) 370-2989 • Fax (248) 370-2699

Coordinator for the year 2014 -2015
Robert Van Til
502B Engineering Center
(248) 370-2211

Program Description:

The Graduate Certificate in Productivity Improvement program is designed for any engineer (mechanical, electrical, civil, computer, etc.) who wants access to the productivity tools needed for their current job, or to upgrade their skills to help get a promotion or a better job.

Admission terms and application deadlines

Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

July 15 for fall semester
November 15 for winter semester
March 15 for summer semester
International applicants
Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

Graduate Application Requirements

Additional department application requirements
B.S. in any engineering discipline. Applicants from other disciplines such as computer science, engineering technology, information technology and software engineering, would be considered after successfully completing appropriate prerequisite courses.

Grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results are required for those international applicants whose undergraduate cumulative grade point average is less than 3.0 on a 0.0 - 4.0 scale or their international institution is not accredited by a regional accrediting agency of the USA. The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering may choose to waive the GRE requirement if at least one of the following special circumstances is met:
Applicant’s last degree is from a U.S. institution accredited by a regional accrediting agency.
Applicant’s overall GPA from last degree is at least 3.0.
Applicant has worked in the USA for at least two years in the engineering profession.

Certificate requirements

To fulfill the certificate requirements, a student must

complete at least 16 credits of graduate-level work as described below under Course requirements,
earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in courses applied toward the certificate, satisfy all requirements concerning academic progress

Course requirements

a. Required courses (12 credits)

Students are required to select at least three courses from:

ISE 510 - Supply Chain Modeling and Analysis (4 credits)
ISE 517 - Statistical Methods in Engineering (4 credits)
*  ISE 530 - Engineering Operations Research - Stochastic Models (4 credits)
*  ISE 569 - Computer Simulation of Discrete Event Systems (4 credits)
*  ISE 580 - E-Commerce and ERP (4 credits)
ISE 581 - Lean Principles and Application (4 credits)
*  ISE 583 - Production Systems and Workflow Analysis (4 credits)
*  ISE 585 - Statistical Quality Analysis (4 credits)
*  ISE 587 - Foundations of Systems Engineering I (4 credits)
ISE 680 - Engineering Decision Analysis (4 credits)
ISE 684 - Computer-Integrated Manufacturing Systems (4 credits)

b. Elective course (4 credits)

Select any one 500-level or higher ISE course, including any additional course from the list of required courses above (except ISE 501, 502, 503, 594, 690, 691, 794 and 795).

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Critical Success Factors for Effective JIT Implementation Bibliography

A Method for Identifying Critical Success Factors of JIT Implementation in Different Circumstances (Case Study: Appliance Industry)

Hassan Farsijani, Yasser Sobhani Fard, Maryam Akhavan Kharazian, Mohsen Shafiei Nikabadi
Associate Professor, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
Assistant Professor, University of Imam Sadegh, Tehran, Iran
University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran
Lecturer of Business Management Department, Semnan University, Semnan, Iran

International Journal of Supply Chain Management Systems