Applying of Lean Manufacturing Concepts to Improve Process Flow in a Needlework Industry
Vázquez Candelario, Lydiana
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The needlework industry is one of the oldest and most important industries for the economy of many countries. In Puerto Rico it is a source of jobs since 1940 for many regions as: Lares, Las Marias, Cabo Rojo, Camuy, Arecibo, Mayaguez and Añasco. Currently, it is unstable and constantly decreasing. Unlike other industries it cannot replace the ability of its employees by the evolution of technology. Improved process flow through the implementation of Lean Manufacturing can help conserve the needlework industries. Lean Manufacturing is a methodology that eliminates waste, which is defined as activities that do not add value to a product. Lean Manufacturing is derived from the Japanese manufacturing industry and can be used in any industries. Key Terms - Lean Manufacturing, Needlework Industry, Standardized Work Flow, Waste.