Application of lean tools in the supply chain of a maintenance environment
CITATION: Fourie, C. J. & Umeh, N. E. 2017. Application of lean tools in the supply chain of a maintenance environment. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 28(1):176-189, doi:10.7166/28-1-1507.
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Historically, Lean thinking has limited applications in the maintenance environment (that is, a non-manufacturing environment). This article reports on the Lean tools that can be implemented in the maintenance environment. To achieve this, a typical supply chain management of a rolling stock service organisation was used for analysis and validation. The approach was initially to map the current supply chain process through a standard method of value stream mapping so as to identify non-Lean activities. After mapping the current state, other suitable Lean tools for the current supply chain management were applied. Finally, performance Indicators were formulated for continuous review and assessment.