Impact of Lean Tools on energy consumption

Vikram Gogula, Hung-Da Wan, Glenn Kuriger


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.



Lean Manufacturing; value stream mapping; energy consumption


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