Lean Principles in Vertical Farming: A Case Study

de Oliveira, FB, Forbes, H, Schaefer, D and Syed, JM (2020) Lean Principles in Vertical Farming: A Case Study. Procedia CIRP, 93 . pp. 712-717. ISSN 2212-8271

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2020.03.017

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Abstract

Vertical farming (VF) has been recognised as an important tool for managing future food security, yet economic viability poses a significant
hurdle with the vast majority of farms closing within three years. The application of lean principles poses an opportunity to address inefficiencies,
such as significant labour expenditure, but existing literature is yet to consider process improvement methodologies in VF. In this paper, an
established framework for lean implementation is applied to an industry case study providing techniques for process improvement. This work is
novel and crucial for workflow standardisation and higher profit margins in this emerging sector.

Keywords:vertical farming, urban agriculture
Subjects:H Engineering > H700 Production and Manufacturing Engineering
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D400 Agriculture
Divisions:College of Science > School of Engineering
ID Code:48140
Deposited On:21 Feb 2022 09:21

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