Lean manufacturing in small- and medium-sized printers

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dc.contributor.author Rothenberg, Sandra en_US
dc.contributor.author Cost, Frank en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2006-03-17T18:33:50Z en_US
dc.date.available 2006-03-17T18:33:50Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2004-12 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1850/1326 en_US
dc.description Document #PICRM-2004-04 Research Area: Processes, Productivity and Profitability en_US
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship RIT, Alfred P Sloan Foundation, Adobe, Creo, R R Donnelley, Heildelberg, HP, IBM, MeadWestvaco, Nexpress, NPES, Standard Register, Vigc, Weyerhaeuser, Xerox en_US
dc.format.extent 4931832 bytes en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Printing Industry Center at RIT en_US
dc.subject Business model en_US
dc.subject Environmental en_US
dc.subject Just-in-time management en_US
dc.subject Lean production or manufaturing en_US
dc.subject Productivity en_US
dc.title Lean manufacturing in small- and medium-sized printers en_US
dc.type Monograph en_US

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