Purpose - To offer lean design and assembly principles with a focus on "monozukuri," meaning sustainable, environmentally friendly factories and products with simultaneously integrated product and process designs. Design/methodology/approach - Based on extensive studyof products, processes and factories, 18 "monozukuri-focused" product, process, factory design and management principles are explained by the author. Findings - The rule-based approach to designing lean, sustainable, "monozukuri-focused" flexible products, processes, production systems and factories will reduce waste at all levels, and create new opportunities for satisfying dynamically changing market needs. Originality/value - Reveals 18 lean design and assembly line design and management principles with some practical industrial examples.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
- Lean production
- Sustainable design