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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Construction and Operations Management

First Advisor

Carrie Steinlicht


This research focused on the implementation of lean techniques in a jobshop facility. A secondary purpose of this research was to demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of software simulated models to carry out the research tests. The research started with the review of lean principles, job shops, and the case studies of implementation of lean principles in mass production and jobshops. Jobshops and their peculiarities when implementing lean were compared to mass production facilities. A jobshop model was built in Simio based on a field visit of an injection molding facility. Experiments were run to measure the lead time at different workstation setup levels and in 4 different sequencing fashions. The results demonstrated a reduction of lead time by the use of setup changeover based sequencing in comparison to the traditional first in first out type sequencing. The reduction in lead time resulting from setup reduction was also observed. The findings of this research are beneficial to the researchers involved in the study of implementation of lean principles in a jobshop and to manufacturers involved in running high mix/low volume manufacturing facilities.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Lean manufacturing -- Simulation methods.
Production management.
Job shops -- Management.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 63-67).



Number of Pages



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