Increase of Packaging Line Capacity using Lean Manufacturing
Rosado Pagán, Pedro
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The main purpose of this project is to implement Lean Manufacturing practices and techniques in the packaging area at a Manufacturing Plant. Concepts like Kaizen ideas (continuous improvement), SMED and process excellence are the new foundation of the company. To be able to keep up with the constant increase in food costs, it is critical to evaluate which areas will benefit from using Lean techniques. The best way to reduce or eliminate the manufacturing cost is using Lean Manufacturing. This methodology will be used to identify the sources of waste or muda. Waste usually is associated with downtime, unnecessary steps and waiting. This article discusses the improvement of a packaging line capacity at a Manufacturing Plant. The Lean measures were implemented using the DMAIC tool as a systematic approach. Key Terms - Capacity, DMAIC, Lean Manufacturing, Muda, SIPOC Diagram, Pareto Chart, Process Flow.