An analytical study on establishing strategies for improving the productivity of the spinning industries

Ibrahim Joseph Mwasubila, Ismail W. R. Taifa, Beatus A. T. Kundi

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Abstract

Strategies for improving the productivity of the spinning industries are much needed. In this paper, a case of a spinning industry was systematically studied. The strategies for enhancing productivity were established through a mixed approach. The studied industry experienced low productivity as they were only achieving 55%-68% of their production plan. Also, their actual operational machine availability was 67%. The proposed strategies include improving the spooling and the drawing process by installing new machinery technology; improve raw materials and components flow; hiring well-trained workers; develop employee training programmes; search for new market segments; establish effective information and communications technology section, and develop an implementable maintenance plan. The study also revealed that system dynamics modelling helps to arrange descriptive information analytically. Thus, Vensim® software was applied to illustrate the differences between productivity, specifically before and after implementing the established strategies. The study considered only a single industry and “single-factor productivity measures.”
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 9 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • Productivity improvement
  • Productivity index
  • Single-factor productivity
  • Multifactor productivity measures
  • Strategies
  • Competitive strategy
  • System dynamics
  • Vensim software
  • Spinning mill

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