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An empirical investigation of learning curve laws in the tile manufacturing industry

Chatzimichali, Anna; Tourassis, Vassilios


Vassilios Tourassis


The ceramic tile manufacturing industry is under constant strain today due to the competitive environment worldwide and to the changing patterns of consumer behavior. Despite its highly automated production lines, the industry is becoming less of a mass manufacturer and more of a batch producer with all the corresponding issues that such a move entails. The frequent setup and retooling of the production has led to renewed interest on the subject of learning curve laws and their impact on the productivity of items re-introduced after short periods of time to the product mix. The actual industrial data presented in this paper support the premise that the learning curve phenomenon is present, albeit in a more complex sense, when tile patterns are produced in relatively small batches and the resulting ramp-up is reminiscent of new product setup. © 2007 IEEE.

Start Date Dec 2, 2007
Publication Date Dec 1, 2007
Print ISSN 2157-3611
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1110-1114
APA6 Citation Tourassis, V. D., Chatzimichali, A. P., Chatzimichali, A., & Tourassis, V. (2007). An empirical investigation of learning curve laws in the tile manufacturing industry.
Keywords learning curves, tile manufacturing, production line setup
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Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : 2007 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management


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