Schmitt Elevadores, Lda. realized the need to reformulate its strategy through Lean Thinking. This adaptation was started about three years ago and still going on. Even today we can see the demand for continuous improvement (kaizen) in the company. It invested in training on the principles and tools for its employees and undertook changes in infrastructure, so that they were suited to a way of producing and after-sale service integrated in Lean Thinking. This reformulation, which started in production processes of Schmitt Elevadores Lda., has been showing such positive results that lead to the extension of lean principles to the warehouse. Thus, it became necessary to develop a study on the applicability of Lean Thinking in the central warehouse of the company. This project aims to not only address this need but also to detect waste in the warehouse activities, identify opportunities for improvement and monitor their implementation. The progression of this project resulted in the analysis of the Lean methods and tools suitable to a warehouse, the contribution to the awareness of employees about the importance of the critical spirit in the search for kaizen in their activities and mapping and standardization of processes, as well as quantifying costs (in terms of time and distance) of waste activities, the analysis of the improvements made and to calculate expected gains by eliminating waste.
|Date of Award
|10 Mar 2014
- Universidade Católica Portuguesa
|Rita Ribeiro (Supervisor) & Miguel Franco (Co-Supervisor)
- Lean thinking
- Warehouse management
- Lean warehousing