Mass customization and lean manufacturing (theme: Integration of product design, production system design & supply chain design)
01 / 2005 - unknown
Lean manufacturing management requires a focus on process improvement, waste elimination, and a continuing effort to improve the time-to-market. Mass customization aims at increased customer specific production while maintaining the benefits of mass production. Both approaches are based on modularization of processes and control systems to increase flexibility, and establishing strong connections between them in order to gain efficiency benefits. Our research aims at developing tools for mass customization and modularity and evaluating these tools in practice. We aim at a strong network of companies, institutes, and researchers in order to develop and share knowledge on the problems that are being faced.