Complete Case details are given below :
Case Name : Daktronics (D): Keen on Lean Manufacturing at Daktronics, Inc.
Authors : Nancy M. Levenburg
Source : North American Case Research Association (NACRA)
Case ID : NA0238
Discipline : Operations Management
Case Length : 26 pages
Solution sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
For over forty years, Daktronics, Inc. had been one of the world’s leading suppliers of electronic scoreboards, large electronic display systems, digital messaging solutions, software and services for sports venues, commercial and transportation applications. After decades of producing its products using a batch system, the multi-million dollar company made a formal decision to pursue lean manufacturing in February, 2006. The lean initiative took on even greater importance due to sluggishness in the U.S. economy and slowed sales in 2009. Now in 2010, four years after the lean project’s initial launch, readers are asked, how successful has the lean conversion been, including the transition from a batch system to a high mix, flow line system? Is the firm poised and ready to extend its lean initiative to nonmanufacturing areas? By using clues within the case and detailed exhibits, the case provides a rich opportunity for readers to trace and evaluate an original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) lean journey. Ultimately, they should be able to answer questions, such as: What kinds of things did Daktronics appear to do correctly? What kinds of things could Daktronics have done differently… or better? What recommendations might follow from their experience for other OEMs that seek to implement lean manufacturing? What are the pros and cons of implementing lean techniques in nonmanufacturing areas?
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