From Lean Manufacturing to Energy Savings and Management: A Lean + Green Value Stream Mapping Approach
Speaker:Prof. Fengshan Frank CHEN
Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems,
University of Texas at San Antonio
Date & Time:15 Mar 2011 (Tuesday) 10:30 - 12:30
Organized by:Department of Electromechanical Engineering


Lean and Green Manufacturing approaches may not initially appear to work well together; however, combining them is a natural fit. Implementing lean tools during a traditional lean transformation will frequently have a positive green impact. Similarly, incorporating many green concepts will eliminate many energy and environmental wastes, wastes that traditional lean techniques would overlook. A modified value stream map is proposed to track energy and material usage, in addition to the traditional time and performance measures. This will provide a complete picture of the system, allowing for improvements to be made that can provide the most overall impact.


Dr. F. Frank Chen is the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Manufacturing Engineering and the Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems, University of Texas at San Antonio. Before joining UTSA in 2006, he had been with Virginia Tech as the John L. Lawrence Endowed Professor of Manufacturing Systems Engineering at its Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering since 1999. Dr. was the founding Director and led the area of Flexible Automation and Lean Manufacturing Technologies of the Center for High Performance Manufacturing at Virginia Tech (2001-2006). With support and participation from more than twenty faculty members at multiple universities, he established this interdisciplinary research center at Virginia Tech in 2001, with approximately $9 million, multiple years of funding from the Virginia's Commonwealth Technology Research Fund, industry equipment and institutional matching funds. Before returning to academia in 1991, he was with Caterpillar Technical Center and held positions as a Manufacturing Systems Engineer in the Machining & Automation Division, a Senior Manufacturing Systems Engineer in the Metrology and Process Control Division, and a Project Manager leading a corporate research and technical services group with specialization in design and control of manufacturing cells. Dr. Chen served in the Industrial Review Board of the Next Generation Controller (NGC) Program sponsored by the US Air Force 1990-1991 and is currently serving in the Technology Advisory Panel of the U.S. National Next Generation Manufacturing Technology Initiative.