The Study of Lean Manufacturing Within Plymouth Engineered Shapes


This study is about the basic ins and outs, without giving away any secrets, of one of the only titanium extrusion plants in the world, Plymouth Engineered Shapes in Hopkinsville, Ky. Plymouth Engineered Shapes is a magnificently innovative and a one of a kind production plant. Plymouth extrudes near net shape parts for an array of customers and holds some of the highest quality standards per AS9100. Unlike competitors, who either melt down or hot roll the material which takes hours, Plymouth can heat up and extrude a part within minutes. In this paper I will investigate the daily operations at the plant as well as what Lean Management means to Plymouth Engineered Shapes. This study will not only explore and dive into the ways that the company could use more Lean events such as Kaizens but will also explain the tools management provides for the employees to learn how to eliminate waste through various daily activities.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2020

Senior Project Advisor

Scott Douglas

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Commerce & Leadership

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