Modeling of Production Systems

  • Bruno G. Rüttimann


In the following sections we will introduce the reader to the complexity of production systems. We will revisit the emblematic “two-pillar” temple model of the TPS giving to the systemic characteristics of the TPS also a suitable systemic representation by introducing an integrated “mono-pillar” model. This new Lean-systemic TPS model will be “le fil rouge” across this compendium to describe production theory of Lean. Furthermore, based on physical analogies we will enter into the basic concept of flow and define a thermodynamics-derived system of Lean Governing Principles.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruno G. Rüttimann
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  1. 1.D-MAVT - IWFinspire AG/ETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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