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Publication: Journal of Forest Products Business Research
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Reference ID: Volume 6, Article No. 4
Publish Year: 2009
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Title: A Value Stream Mapping Analysis of Selected Wood Products Companies in Central America
This paper presents a quantification of value-added times for wood products manufacturing companies in Central America. The analysis was performed in three different companies located in Honduras, Costa Rica, and Guatemala by using a case study methodology. The lessons and insights learned from these case studies could be used to better understand how to develop a value stream mapping analysis in other wood products manufacturing industries around the world.

Key findings of this study indicate that raw material inventory is the largest contributor to waste (non-value-added activities) for the three companies used in this study. Value-added time ranged from 8.8 to 12.3 percent of total process time, with kiln-drying operations being the largest value-added time contributor. Other processing operations were found to contribute very little to the total value-added time for all cases (under 0.05%). It was concluded that the companies must reconfigure their inventory policies in order to decrease waste in their production systems. This important lesson can be used to help other wood products manufacturers who wish to start applying lean thinking to their manufacturing processes.

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