The manufacturing sector is vital for the well-being and development of any country’s economy. Organisations in this sector are currently facing numerous challenges in the market place. Some of the most significant challenges include intense global competition, handling cost pressures and adapting to different consumer needs and expectations. ‘Lean manufacturing’ and ‘Six Sigma’ have been recognised as two of the most effective strategies employed by manufacturers to overcome these challenges and thus achieve business excellence.
This special issue aims at presenting the latest research and/or application developments of lean manufacturing, Six Sigma or lean Six Sigma (as an integrated approach) in the manufacturing sector. This issue will be of special interest to academics, researchers, students, consultants and industrialists involved in the research, implementation, management and improvement of manufacturing organisations and their processes.
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 23rd International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM2013), but we also strongly encourage researchers, practitioners and consultants who are unable to participate in the conference to submit papers for this call.
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following lean manufacturing, Six Sigma or lean Six Sigma (as an integrated approach) areas:
- Implementation and application in manufacturing organisations and processes
- Best practices in the area
- Strategies and cultural changes towards their adoption
- Development of new tools and techniques
- The role of leadership
- General operational and quality improvements using these strategies
- Application of these strategies in the supply chain of manufacturing organisations
- Leagile manufacturing and supply chains
- Lean and green operations
- System modelling and simulation
- Lean thinking
- Cases study
- Other related topics
Submission of manuscripts: 20 October, 2013
Notification to authors: 31 January, 2014
Final versions due: 31 March, 2014