RFID impacts on barriers affecting lean manufacturing

Muhammad Zeeshan Rafique, Mohd Nizam Ab Rahman, Nizaroyani Saibani, Norhana Arsad, Waqar Saadat

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Purpose - Lean manufacturing is one of the leading paradigms for fast and proficient manufacturing but its proper implementation is a foremost task due to certain barriers affecting lean and can be handled when utilized with RFID technology.With this aspect in view, the purpose of this paper is to enlighten and present a thorough literature study that can show how RFID-based lean manufacturing is helpful for handling barriers affecting lean manufacturing in light of previous literature available. Design/methodology/approach - In order to achieve this purpose a systematic literature review is conducted to justify the impacts of RFID technology for handling barriers. The aim of this systematic literature review is to initially find the barriers affecting lean implementation and then to explain the properties of RFID-based lean manufacturing which are highly feasible to handle detected barriers. Findings - An interrelation is generated in this study which provides a clear indication that the properties of RFID carry significant effects to handle detected barriers in the operational, managerial and financial regime of manufacturing companies. The detected barriers that affect lean implementation are company's cultures, top management commitment, poor employee administration, lack of finances, unbalanced inventory control, unstable customer handling and longer lead times. The properties of RFID-based lean manufacturing like operational visibility, inventory control, production control, minimized lead times and the real-time data information (to facilitate top management and employees on shop floor) are extremely helpful to control these barriers. Originality/value - The originality of this study is the provision of clarity provided to both academicians and practitioners by citing and utilizing previous research studies which undoubtedly indicates positive impacts of RFID on lean implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1585-1616
Number of pages32
JournalIndustrial Management and Data Systems
Volume116
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Radio frequency identification (RFID)
Inventory control
Personnel
Production control
Finance
Lean production
Lean manufacturing
Radio frequency identification
Visibility
Industry

Keywords

  • Barriers affecting lean
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Operations improvement
  • RFID technology
  • RFID-based lean
  • Technology management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Industrial relations
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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RFID impacts on barriers affecting lean manufacturing. / Rafique, Muhammad Zeeshan; Ab Rahman, Mohd Nizam; Saibani, Nizaroyani; Arsad, Norhana; Saadat, Waqar.

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