June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
12.1003.1 - 12.1003.11
Lampshade Game for Teaching Lean Manufacturing
Implementing lean manufacturing concepts is essential for companies in the manufacturing and service industries to survive in the very competitive global marketplace. A key point is to eliminate waste while delivering value to the customers. Thus, graduates from engineering programs such as manufacturing, industrial and systems engineering and engineering management must be able to focus and apply lean principles as they transition to the industry.
The purpose of this paper is to present a new game named the “Lampshade Game” that can be beneficial for teaching lean manufacturing concepts to both undergraduate and graduate students. The Lampshade Game demonstrates the advantages and disadvantages of some of the key lean manufacturing principles (such as customer focus, quality focus, JIT, flexible manufacturing, setup and rework reduction) in comparison to craft and mass manufacturing by manually simulating the production of lampshades for each of the process types. The students form teams, and ideally each team should have a chance to manufacture lampshades using all three forms of manufacturing. The manufacturing performance is gauged and compared by different key performance indicators including inventory levels, total manufacturing cycle time, customer fill rate, and production yield. This paper will describe the game, its objectives and share experiences from a classroom implementation.
1. Introduction and Literature Review
Engineering graduates have to be educated in different production principles in order to be competitive as they transition to the industry. As Wang-Chavez et al.10 highlights it, nowadays it is necessary to create “ready to execute” graduates from engineering programs. Production principles and strategies like “lean” can be taught using some of the traditional approaches such as industry projects, case studies, company visits or class projects. But it is possible to make the learning process even more efficient: using games. Many useful and interesting games exist in
Ozelkan, E., & Galambosi, A. (2007, June), Lampshade Game For Teaching Lean Manufacturing Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2969
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