Date of Award

10-19-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Pasek, Zbigniew

Keywords

DMAIC, Inventory Control, Mass Customization, MC W2P, On Floor Inventory Control, Printing

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

In the competitive industrial setting of present times, it is hard for the manufacturing sector of developed economies to compete with those of developing countries because of the considerably high costs associated with Labor, Material and Transportation in addition to strict Environmental Sanctions, fierce competition from Sinking industries and the ever-shifting global economic patterns. For a manufacturing industry to survive in such conditions, it must be willing to change, should be technologically superior, access multiple markets, be responsive and adapt quickly. New manufacturing concepts and Business strategies are proposed and introduced frequently. One such business/manufacturing strategy that has proved to be successful is Mass Customization. The advantage of MC companies over traditional manufacturing comes with its fair share of challenges. This thesis identifies some important challenges faced by the printing industry, which has adapted MC, and solves one of these challenging problems.

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