Ergonomic and Financial Benefits Reached Through the Application of a Kaizen Culture: Theoretical and Practical Study in An Automotive Industry
Authors: Vieira Leandro a, Balbinotti Giles b
Abstract: After the advent of the 2nd World War increased international competitiveness in the automotive industries, began to think about saving and lower production costs. For this purpose many ways were created to reduce costs and waste of raw materials and reduce activities that do not add value to manufacturing processes. In the early XVIII century comes the manufacturing system, which process were rigid with little concern for the health and safety of employees and the conditions of the work environment. After the advent of the production system called Lean Manufacturing, began a new way of thinking, with a lean process and without waste and reducing costs, without neglecting the welfare of the operator and improving conditions of their work environment. Some studies show that the companies that there is a culture Kaizen continuous improvement and reduction of activities that do not add value to the results of product quality and tax of absenteeism are better than those obtained in companies that do not exist this same culture. A reflection will be applied in this paper on the application of ergonomics in a lean production system of an automobile industry using Kaizen methodology based on the (Continuous Improvement) and how to deploy this methodology in culture in a manufacturing environment, will also be shown performance gains the conditions of the job, in addition to the financial gains that the organization can get. The research will be conducted by collecting data "in loco" and interviews with operators, technicians and managers.
Keywords: Working Condition, Lean Manufacturing, Performance Financial, Kaizen Methodology and Ergonomics
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