Chapter 2. Opportunities for Radical Innovation in Flat Glass Production Operations

  1. John Kieffer
  1. John P. Dismukes1,
  2. Mark A. Vonderembse1,
  3. S. Chandrasekaran1,
  4. Lonnie Hudspeth1 and
  5. William P. Caldwell2

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470294598.ch2

A Collection of Papers Presented at the 60th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 21, Issue 1

A Collection of Papers Presented at the 60th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 21, Issue 1

How to Cite

Dismukes, J. P., Vonderembse, M. A., Chandrasekaran, S., Hudspeth, L. and Caldwell, W. P. (2000) Opportunities for Radical Innovation in Flat Glass Production Operations, in A Collection of Papers Presented at the 60th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 21, Issue 1 (ed J. Kieffer), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470294598.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio

  2. 2

    Pilkington Libbey-Owens-Ford Co., Toledo, Ohio

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2000

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470375662

Online ISBN: 9780470294598

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Keywords:

  • glass industry;
  • manufacturing;
  • combines assessment;
  • downstream;
  • organizational design

Summary

Increasingly demanding automotive industry requirements on performance and cost of automotive glass parts requires the flat glass industry to address system-wide, manufacturing improvements. A multidisciplinary research team from the University of Toledo Colleges of Engineering and Business Administration has collaborated under a NSF grant with engineers and managers from Pilkington Libbey-Owens-Ford and other companies to seek radical innovation opportunities in flat glass manufacturing technology and operations. The team's unique approach combines assessment of current manufacturing operations, as a “working laboratory,” with an evaluation of organizational culture and structure. The study identifies innovation opportunities discovered as a result of modeling overall equipment effectiveness and production throughput in successive manufacturing process steps from the glass melt to finished automotive glass parts. It also examines the impact of culture and structure on a firm's ability to identify opportunities for radical innovation and catalyze rapid and effective responses.