Authors: Mª Victoria De-La-Fuente Aragón; Lorenzo Ros-McDonnell
Addresses: Grupo GIO, ETSII, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, C/Dr. Fleming, s/n, 30202 Cartagena, Spain ' Grupo GIO, ETSII, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, C/Dr. Fleming, s/n, 30202 Cartagena, Spain
Abstract: This paper describes a project to increase a food manufacturer's productivity by applying several lean production techniques to the company's manufacturing organisation, production quality and efficiency. The company has decided to improve several specific sectors within their factory, where deficiencies and lack of productivity were observed in some of their work lines. This work shows the lean system implementation on the company: from the initial diagnosis, the improvement plan proposed and how it was implemented, to an analysis of the results obtained. Final recommendations made to the company dealt with the lean culture and its work and production methods, in order to be gradually implemented in the whole company.
Keywords: continuous improvement; kaizen; productivity analysis; lean production; lean indicators; lean implementation; food manufacturing; case study; lean culture.
International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics, 2015 Vol.5 No.1/2, pp.129 - 142
Received: 15 Oct 2014
Accepted: 04 Mar 2015
Published online: 15 Jun 2015 *