Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Industrial Engineering

Major Professor

Rapinder Sawhney

Committee Members

Hampton R. Liggett, Robert M. Counce


While much research has confirmed the effectiveness of lean manufacturing in improving manufacturing productivity, far less work has focused on the impact of lean implementation on the different measures of environmental performance. More notably, there remains much to be understood about the complex relationship between lean manufacturing principles and their overall environmental impacts.

The purpose of this research is to develop a multi-phase methodology to assist practitioners in evaluating overall environmental impacts associated with implementation of various lean manufacturing principles. This knowledge would then allow practitioners to design and analyze manufacturing systems for both productivity and environmental concerns. A case study has also been developed to illustrate the application of this methodology for chip-forming processes using single and/or multi-point cutting tools.

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