A 'peer reviewed' journal indexed on Cabell's Directory, and also distributed by EBSCO and Proquest Database
It is a quarterly journal focusing on Inventory control, Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Just-In-Time (JIT), Total Quality Management (TQM), Business Process Re-engineering, Logistics management, Six Sigma, Benchmarking and flexible manufacturing systems.
Development of Computerized Maintenance Management System for Honda Cars India Limited, Greater Noida
The existing framework in the market makes it very cumbersome and difficult to record and maintain the data and information manually and also it consumes a lot of time during the retrieval. If software is used for this purpose, it leads to efficient planning of such maintenance aspects. Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) or Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) is an essential operational and management tool which leads to effective planning, controlling and scheduling of all the maintenance activities along with the reduction in downtime, decrease in frequency of failures, better management of work orders, improvement in inventory control, reduction in paper work, improvement in the machine life, reduction in the cost life cycles and increased risk management. In this context, the present paper deals with development of CMMS for a plant. Managing the assets involves design considerations, quality of new inventory and effectiveness in service, inspection and maintenance. This practice eliminates manual data entry and allows the maintenance groups to save their time with calibrations and record maintenance by keeping an online check on all the plant activities.
A Comparative Study of SAW and TOPSIS Techniques for the Ranking of Performance Indicators in JIT-Based Production Systems
In today’s challenging and turbulent competitive markets, companies need to constantly review their strategies in order to survive and sustain their market positions, especially the manufacturing ones. To remain competitive in the market, companies need to be continuously seeking innovative and effective management techniques. Just-in-Time (JIT) is one such management technique that increases the productivity of the enterprise by eliminating all kinds of wastes through continuous improvement. This paper is mainly a comparative study of the techniques, Simple Additive Weighting (SAW) and Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS), for the ranking of performance indicators on the basis of various JIT elements in various industries. In this paper, six performance indicators are mainly used. If selection of these performance indicators is not done properly, it would affect the productivity of companies adversely. The main objective is to compare the rankings of the performance indicators of supply chain in various industries, obtained using SAW and TOPSIS techniques.
A Six Sigma Case for Process Optimization in Water Treatment Plant
Water is an essential commodity and in many instances, needs to be treated before it becomes fit for consumption either by humans or industries. Water treatment thus is one of the most common processes that is used across many sectors like municipalities, power plants, petrochem plants and process plants that use water either directly for drinking purpose and fire protection systems, or indirectly as in cooling systems as input for further processing like demineralization. Originally conceived and implemented at Motorola as an improvement tool for manufacturing industry, Six Sigma is a set of proven methods that have found widespread implementation and have successfully optimized processes even in the service sector. This paper is a case research which presents the implementation of the Six Sigma methodologies like DMAIC and SIPOC over a period of one year, in the context of minimizing process costs of a water treatment plant. The paper uses experimental laboratory data and correlates with the implementation in the water treatment plant under dynamic conditions. The results of the successful optimization reveal that cost savings on chemicals come to an impressive 18%.
An Analysis of Panasonic Group in Terms of Activity-Based Costing, Just-in-Time Production and Quality and Environment Costing
The case is an industry analysis write-up, explaining the orientation and exposure of Panasonic Group towards emerging process techniques. It highlights the implementation of Activity-Based Costing, Just-In-Time and Quality and Environment Costing in the context of the leading electronics sector player. The study clearly shows that implementation of any strategy into practice requires putting the strategy into scrutiny, weighing its advantages and disadvantages before taking a decision whether it is appropriate or not.
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