Lean manufacturing in small- and medium-sized printers

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Title: Lean manufacturing in small- and medium-sized printers
Author: Rothenberg, Sandra; Cost, Frank
Abstract: Large manufacturing organizations have been achieving productivity improvements for decades using what is commonly known as lean production. Less is known about the extent to which small- and medium-sized firms (SMEs) have also benefited from the adoption of lean practices. The purpose of this paper is to investigate how small and large printers differ in their adoption of lean management practices. We find that while both small and large printers view lean production as an important contributor to future profits, small- and medium-sized printers are lagging in their adoption of a range of lean practices. In addition, we found that smaller printers used significantly fewer printing units, while producing a significantly higher range of print products. We argue that this operational configuration may place some smaller printers at a particular disadvantage when it comes to implementing lean systems. We discuss how small printers may wish to approach lean production given these operational constraints.
Description: Document #PICRM-2004-04 Research Area: Processes, Productivity and Profitability
Record URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1850/1326
Date: 2004-12

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    Dedicated to the study of major business environment influences on the printing industry, precipitated by new technologies and societal changes. With the support of RIT, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and our Industry Partners, it is our mission to continue to develop and articulate the knowledge necessary for the long-term economic health of the printing industry.

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