Lean Manufacturing and Ergonomic Working Conditions in the Automotive Industry

Published on Jan 1, 2015in Procedia Manufacturing
· DOI :10.1016/j.promfg.2015.07.687
Zélio Geraldo dos Santos1
Estimated H-index: 1
Leandro Vieira2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UTFPR: Federal University of Technology - Paraná),
Giles Balbinotti3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UFSC: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina)
Abstract With the new market scenario along the years the great automobile multinational companies are leaving for the challenge of reducing production costs. This production system is the Lean Manufacturing a model that serves to facilitate competitiveness in several segments, aiming to eliminate waste (No Value Added) and also in improving working conditions. For the auto companies the application of Lean Manufacturing within your concept is being improving production processes, involving its parts suppliers, raw material consumption and operating since the beginning of its production, to finalize their finished products. The main goal of ergonomics is to develop and apply the man adaptation techniques to their work and efficient and safe ways in order to optimize the well-being and thus increasing productivity. In this study we applied some methods of analysis process by the correlation with implementation of Lean Manufacturing and working conditions in ergonomics. In which refers to the results (Quantitative - same volume of products with the lowest number of employees) and the (Qualitative - faster, accuracy, timeliness and improved quality of the product). Through this data collection relating them between theory, physical implementation, concepts and ideas between those involved, the focus of the tool applied on the conditions of the posts / workstations and which return benefits provided through the interviews. This study demonstrates a result of analysis of objectives achieved by continuous improvement applied between the elimination of waste and increased productivity and the impacts, the ergonomic conditions to carry out operations and consequently the results achieved in improving the productivity and well-being of its employees.
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