Prioritizing process improvement initiatives in manufacturing environments

Faisal Aqlan, Lawrence Al-Fandi

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In today's competitive and globalized markets, companies need to focus on eliminating wastes in their processes and implement continuous improvement initiatives. Lean and Six Sigma are two process improvement philosophies that have been successfully applied by many organizations to improve their business processes. Selecting and prioritizing process improvement initiatives in the workplace can be a challenging task, especially when multiple decision factors are involved. In this study, a proposed framework for prioritizing process improvement initiatives in manufacturing environments is developed which considers process variables, resource constraints, and operator skills. The framework ranks workplace areas and uses a multi-objective optimization model to assign improvement projects and associated operators. A case study from a manufacturing environment is used to illustrate the applicability of the proposed framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-268
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
StatePublished - Feb 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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