Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 5050 - Continuous Improvement in Operations

Catalog Description:

The purpose of this course is to introduce business and engineering students as well as managers to the process of kaizen (Continuous Improvement) and Total Employee Involvement.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)


Introduce Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing, Kanban, JIT and Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) as it applies to manufacturing systems to the extent that the participants can practice these approaches in real world situations.


Lean Enterprise Systems – Using IT for Continuous Improvement, by Steve Bell, Wiley Sons, Editor Andrew Sage, 2006 edition. (required)


Automation, Production System and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Mikell Groover, Latest Edition, Prentice Hall.

Factory Physics, Foundation of Manufacturing Management, Wallace J. Hopp & Mark L. Spearman, Edition 2, IRWIN

Toyota Production System – 3rd Edition, Yasuhiro Monden, Chapman Hill Publication.

Other materials – from a list of websites

Course Coordinator:

Tarun Gupta
Western Michigan University
E-220 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3361

Revision Date: Fall 2009


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5336 USA
(269) 276-3350 | (269) 276-3353 Fax

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