Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Center for Manufacturing Excellence

First Advisor

Michael Gill

Second Advisor

Edward Carr

Third Advisor

Rick Hollander

Relational Format



This paper will explore the benefits of standardization and consistency in a manufacturing setting by demonstrating the value of improved tooling and organization. “Lean Manufacturing” is the broad term used to describe key principles that can be applied to most businesses to reduce waste and increase efficiency. This ideology’s theme is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. The purpose of its adoption is to transform managers and operators into experts of identifying the deficiencies in many manufacturing and assembly processes and implementing changes that can lead to enormous improvements in takt time, production output, and ultimately, profitability. At VIP Cinema Seating in New Albany, MS, these lean manufacturing principles are set to be implemented without disturbing current work or output. In this paper I will focus on how the standardization of a hardware assembly station can impact the output, efficiency, and operator well-being at VIP Cinema Plant #6. Our project had a narrow focus on redesigning the hardware assembly process, so that it can be used as an example of the benefits of lean manufacturing principles which shall be revered throughout the VIP campus in the near future.



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