Lean and Safe Manufacturing for an Antidepressant Tablets Coating Process
Torres Santiago, Meraris
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Abstract - The Lean and Safe Manufacturing Process (6S event) was selected for implementation in an antidepressant tablets coating manufacturing process. The coating process was identified due to the utilization of toxic ingredients and hazardous materials during the coating solution preparation and during the coating application. In addition, lost time and productivity were identified in the process. The tool selected to perform a Lean and Safe Manufacturing Process in this coating process was 6S (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Schedule, Score and Safety). Contributions, like the creation of a system that will be used to maintain an organized, clean, safe, and efficient setting that enables the highest level of value-added performance, were achieved during the 6S event implementation. In addition, a decrease in cycle time, in operators needed in the process execution, and minimization of injuries risk, were very important contributions achieved. Key Terms - 6S, Coating Process, Lean and Safe Manufacturing, Manufacturing Process.