The use of Lean tools to improve the performance of an elevators company

Sara Braganca, Anabela Alves, Eric Costa, Rui Sousa

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a project developed in an elevators company, in the framework of a master thesis at University of Minho. The main objective of this work was to analyse the production system of one assembly section of the company and to implement some proposals that would improve its performance. This objective was achieved by applying Lean Production tools and techniques namely, 5S, Visual Management and Standard Work. With the proposed improvements it was possible to increase the shop floor area, to reduce errors and nonconformities, to reduce the number of required operators and to improve the organization of the production system. These results promoted the reduction of energy and material consumption, mainly due to the decrease of defects and reduction of rework, which are some of the requisites for a company to become eco-efficient.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
    Event4th International Conference on Integrity, Reliability and Failure - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
    Duration: 23 Jul 201327 Jul 2013
    https://paginas.fe.up.pt/clme/IRF2013/

    Conference

    Conference4th International Conference on Integrity, Reliability and Failure
    Abbreviated titleIRF 2013
    Country/TerritoryPortugal
    CityFunchal, Madeira
    Period23/07/1327/07/13
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