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There are just too many labours: productivity improvement in collecting waste at ASL

Chandan Vichoray (Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, Nagpur, India)
Anant Deogaonkar (Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, Nagpur, India)
Rupesh Pais (Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, Nagpur, India)
Sunita Dhote (Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, Nagpur, India)

Publication date: 2 January 2023

Abstract

Research methodology

One of the major reasons of layout-related difficulties faced by manufacturing industries is non-value-adding and redundant work. Plant layout study aims at economic production with larger volumes and variety as well. Method studies focus on the effectiveness with efficiency by a systematic critical scrutiny of work being done. The intention is to identify logical sequence of activities highlighting and eliminating the unnecessary mudas. Time and motion study is a combination of time study and motion study analysing and eliminating any unnecessary movement for productivity optimization of that job or process. Thus, through the elimination of unnecessary motions, times for performing the processes may be reduced and productivity increased. The intention is to subdivide the different operations of a job or process into measurable elements. Hence this case has been developed based on the primary data. The primary data was collected using Industrial Engineering Studies like layout study, method study and time and motion study. This case has been classroom tested with MBA students in their Lean Management Course.

Case overview/synopsis

Arin Synthetics Ltd. (ASL) though had installed modern machinery in its facility, process efficiency and optimization were a concern. Top Brass at ASL believed that ASL was overstaffed and its processes had creep as far as efficiency is concerned. This case focuses on ways to improve the process efficiency to rationalize the manpower at ASL. Presence in large growing global markets put cost pressure on ASL, thus mandating improvement in the efficiency of its processes through manpower rationalization. This case, therefore, discusses one of the highly staffed process of waste collection. Could ASL achieve reduction in the manpower in waste reduction without affecting the overall process? Was there a strategic mistake in the thought process of disposing of the waste generated by the manufacturing complex?

Complexity academic level

Operations management, Productivity and performance, Quality management, Lean management.

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Acknowledgements

Disclaimer. This case is intended to be used as the basis for class discussion rather than to illustrate either effective or ineffective handling of a management situation. The case was compiled from published sources.

Citation

Vichoray, C., Deogaonkar, A., Pais, R. and Dhote, S. (2023), "There are just too many labours: productivity improvement in collecting waste at ASL", . https://doi.org/10.1108/TCJ-02-2021-0033

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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