Reinforcement of performance competitiveness by concurrent strategy

K. Yamauchi*, K. Murata, H. Katayama

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Due to the recent globalization of industrial activities and diversification of consumer's interest on products and services, companies can not avoid to reinforcing their performance, e.g. efforts on complaint elimination as quality issue (Q), financial effectiveness as cost issue (C), lead time reduction as delivery issue (D) and capability enhancement as flexibility issue (F) etc. Among these, lead time reduction, which forms an aspect of company's agility, is an emerging topic to provide quick response on customer needs. Concurrent technology is one relevant way of approach that brings us along with this direction. In this paper, several concurrent technology case applications are investigated and some key concepts embedded in these are categorized for essential understanding of this technology. These concepts in relation to three major production resources, i.e. human, machine and material, are overlapping manual operations as worker operation concurrency, overlapping automated operations as machine operation concurrency and small lot (batch) flow as material flow concurrency respectively. To evaluate the relevancy of these concepts, performance improvement case study is carried out at a chemical product manufacturing line and the result suggests that proper combinatorial installation of these concepts is an effective way for getting competitive performance on manufacturing/service lead time.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCOMADEM 2010 - Advances in Maintenance and Condition Diagnosis Technologies Towards Sustainable Society, Proc. 23rd Int. Congr. Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event23rd International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, COMADEM 2010 - Nara
    Duration: 2010 Jun 282010 Jul 2


    Other23rd International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, COMADEM 2010


    • Case analysis
    • Classification
    • Concurrent technology
    • Manufacturing resources
    • Performance improvement
    • Simulation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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