IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY IN A JAPANESE SHIPYARD

Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd, Japan, is engaged in a variety of fields, including shipbuilding. After a marketing study, the company selected an 80,000 dwt oil tanker as the strategic ship to tide it over the depression that afflicted shipbuilding. It is explained how a program to improve the management of the enterprise by applying quality control to its every aspect succeeded in achieving manhour reductions of about 43% in comparison with the manhours of seven years earlier. The improvement campaign, which is described in detail, involved all personnel from top management to workers. Program development was structured to include a clear statement of policies and targets and the establishment of plans for achieving the targets. Quality circles were organized for autonomous quality control activities by small groups within workshops.

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  • Authors:
    • Sekiya, O
  • Publication Date: 1990-9

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  • Accession Number: 00661447
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM