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Title: Applying value stream mapping to eliminate waste: a case study of an original equipment manufacturer for the automotive industry
Author: Lacerda, António Pedro
Xambre, Ana Raquel
Alvelos, Helena Maria
Keywords: Lean manufacturing
Continuous improvement
Value-stream mapping
Automotive industry
Plastic injection
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Abstract: Since its beginning, lean manufacturing has built a worldwide reputation based on results related to production improvement and cost reduction in several companies. This management philosophy focuses on customer value creation through the elimination of production wastes. Lean methods and techniques have spread their scope from the automotive industry to a wide range of industries and services. This article presents a case study that describes the use of the lean tool value stream mapping in the production process of automotive parts for a major automotive company. At the beginning of the project, relevant data from the process were collected and analysed. Subsequently, the initial process was mapped, the related wastes were identified, and then future processes were mapped and financial results were estimated. The proposals were presented on kaizen meetings, the action plan was discussed and the decision regarding which option to choose was taken. Consequently, the Cycle Time and the level of the workforce were reduced, the process was improved and savings were obtained.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2015.1055349
ISSN: 1366-588X
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