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International Journal of Manufacturing Engineering
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 8674187, 11 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/8674187
Research Article

Value Stream Mapping of Rope Manufacturing: A Case Study

Systems Engineering Program, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 70504, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Jim Lee

Received 31 July 2016; Revised 28 November 2016; Accepted 19 December 2016; Published 16 February 2017

Academic Editor: Thomas R. Kurfess

Copyright © 2017 Korakot Yuvamitra et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In today’s competitive market place, manufacturing companies must apply continuous process improvement in order to maintain a returning customer base. One way of achieving constant process improvement is through value stream mapping. Value stream mapping is used to visualize the current processes for easier understanding and problem identification. A well-defined problem statement will ensure a successful outcome of a project improvement process. This research provides a case study performed on a rope manufacturing process. A current state value stream map is created, and the possible improvements are suggested. The implemented results are shown in the form of future state map. The results show that, after waste elimination and structural revision, a manufacturing process becomes more efficient, enabling the customer to receive an order significantly faster.