Date

6-2010

Degree Name

BS in Graphic Communication

Department

Graphic Communication Department

Advisor(s)

Ken Macro

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to bring understanding to what Lean and sustainable practices are most efficient and popular within printing companies. The information and data collected provides insight into what companies are doing to be Lean. The data exhibits what Lean and sustainable techniques that provide positive effects for companies and identifies potential pitfalls for why companies have not been able to be productive with Lean strategies.

This study collected and analyzed data on Lean and sustainability efficiency through historical case studies and descriptive research surveys. Case studies in the printing industry were studied and compared on the issues of Lean and sustainable practices used, time and monetary savings, and the increase in productivity. Thirty surveys were sent to printing companies throughout the California area. The respondents answered questions relating to the application of Lean and sustainable principals, the existence of a separate Lean department and coordinator, monetary savings, productivity increase, and interest of customers in the businesses Lean strategy.

Findings from the case studies reveal that using Lean techniques to solve issues within a printing company provide savings in time and money and a significant increase in productivity. Results from five responses indicated businesses with a separate Lean coordinator and department yielded positive effects, while business without a Lean manager were unable to produce positive results.