Impact of Lean Tools on energy consumption

  • Vikram Gogula University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Hung-Da Wan University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Glenn Kuriger University of Texas at San Antonio
Keywords: Lean Manufacturing, value stream mapping, energy consumption


Lean principles are mainly used for increasing productivity, reducing lead time, and eliminating waste. Energy impacts can also be assessed by using the lean principles. The objective of this paper is to measure the impact of Lean Manufacturing tools on energy consumption, with the base assumption that they should help decrease it. The methodology assesses and documents the energy utilization as a part of VSM. A pilot application in an industrial setting is presented.



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Author Biographies

Vikram Gogula, University of Texas at San Antonio

Master of Science in Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise Engineering from University of Texas at San Antonio. As a graduate student, he was member of Flexible Manufacturing System Laboratory (FMLS Lab). This Lab is developed by the faculty members of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UTSA and is part of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems. The lab focuses on technological advancement and tools of Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS) and Lean Enterprise Systems. He is currently an Oracle ERP Technical Developer for Computer Science Corporation (CSC) in Cincinnati, OH.

Hung-Da Wan, University of Texas at San Antonio

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering (University of Texas at San Antonio). Received a Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering (Manufacturing Systems Engineering Option) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia Tech (2006), a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering (2006) and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1994), both from National Taiwan University, His areas of interest are: Sustainability of manufacturing systems; Lean Manufacturing Systems: assessment, value stream mapping and engineering, performance measurement systems, simulation and training programs, lean and six sigma integration; and computer integrated manufacturing and flexible automation.

Glenn Kuriger, University of Texas at San Antonio

Research Assistant Professor in the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He previously served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Center. He received his BS (1995) in Electrical Engineering, MS (1998) and PhD (2006) in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He was Research Associate (1998-2001) and Associate Director (2001-2007) in the Center for the Study of Wireless Electromagnetic Compatibility at the University of Oklahoma. His current research interests include Lean Manufacturing and Lean Concepts; Lean Simulation Training Games; Simulation; Operations Research; Multi-Criteria Optimization; Green Manufacturing; and Wireless Electromagnetic Compatibility.


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