InImpact: The Journal of Innovation Impact

Publisher Future Technology Press
Vol. 8 No. 2 KES Transactions on SDM II - Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2015
Volume Editors KES International
Journal ISSN 2051-6002
Article TitleManufacturing Lead-Time Reduction and Knowledge Sharing in the Manufacturing Sector
Primary AuthorTwana Jaff, College of Engineering Design and Physical Science
Other Author(s) Atanas Ivanov
Pages 618 - 629
Article ID sdm15-068
Publication Date 02-May-16

At this time, companies’ need to improve their manufacturing competitiveness in terms of better, faster and cheaper products has led to a range of approaches including ‘just in time’; lead-time reduction; lean manufacture; using social networks; and knowledge sharing, in order to be first to get products and services to customers faster. Companies seek to reduce manufacturing lead-time (MLT) in order to reduce the cost of production; short lead-times are a major source of potential competitive advantage. This paper proposes a study on reducing MLT in factories in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, where lead-time has become a major issue for the manufacturing industry. The aim is to provide guidance to industry practitioners and technicians on how to reduce MLT. The paper will present a conceptual framework of the causes and will use knowledge-sharing sources such as social media to survey the factors that have significant impact on lead-time. It will also describe the relationship between setup time, operation time, and non-operation time in order to find potential methodologies that can reduce lead-time in the manufacturing process and identify simple strategies for reducing lead-time.

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Remarks Paper presented at KES International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, 12-14 April 2015
First date of publication in InImpact: 1 December 2015