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Integration of Ergonomics and Lean Six Sigma. A Model Proposal

Published on Jan 1, 2015in Procedia Manufacturing
· DOI :10.1016/j.promfg.2015.07.124
Isabel L. Nunes9
Estimated H-index: 9
(NOVA: Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Abstract
Abstract Lean Six Sigma (LSS) aims to help companies continuous improvement (CI), coping with the strong business competition and gaining organizational effectiveness. Both Ergonomics and LSS are system-oriented approaches and could have a synergistic effect in CI. The integration of Ergonomics and LSS requires a new methodological framework that evolves from their single approaches, which coherently applies the principles of both and simultaneously ensuring gains in productivity and in working conditions. To help SME (99% of all businesses in EU) to realize their full potential a tool that supports the implementation of the mentioned framework is also desirable. A practical tool to fulfill this goal can assume the form of a Decision Support System (DSS). Therefore the objective of this paper is to present the model of a framework and of an associated DSS.
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