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Melissa Vegter ACF Abstract FY10

Capital Vehicle Systems: An Exploration in Lean Manufacturing

Conference Name: 2009 Annual Meeting of the North American Case Research Assoc.

Capital Vehicle Systems is a supplier of vehicle instrumentation systems, including gauges, system controllers, sensors, and display products.  In 2008, the firm faced several challenges as the economy weakened and the cost of plant returns and warranties remained high.  What can the firm do to meet the strategic goals in the most cost effective manner?  The case examines various ways in which Lean Manufacturing has been implemented.  In analyzing the case, examine a variety of production-related documents, applying the principles of lean manufacturing to determine which aspects of lean have been applied well and which aspects have not.

Melissa Vegter & Nancy Levenburg