Improving Internal Logistics of a Bus Manufacturing Using the Lean Techniques

José Mourato, Luís Pinto Ferreira, José Sá, Francisco J.G. Silva, Teresa Dieguez, Benny Tjahjono

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    Purpose: This study aims to improve the reception and positioning of materials in the warehouse, as well as the internal logistics of a bus manufacturing company by acting upon the processes of supply line management. Design/methodology/approach: This study is based on the action research methodology which, through a practical approach, intends to generate transferrable knowledge to other organizations whose situations are similar to that of this study. The practical actions and the knowledge acquired co-create the changes needed for the improvement processes. Findings: Through these improvements, it is possible to standardize supply and eliminate the retention of picking carts on the line, simplify the management of materials provided in supermarket boxes, improve the control of materials and facilitate the process of picking and materials storage. A kanban card-based supply system was also expanded to the bus assembly line, allowing more control over valuable materials. Originality/value: This study has demonstrated how the implementation of lean techniques on a bus assembly line can lead to increased consistency of supply to the line and improved working conditions, both in the production and warehouse areas. Furthermore, it has set a new standard of the internal logistics processes and the inclusion of process recording in the working instructions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)(In-press)
    JournalInternational Journal of Productivity and Performance Management
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2020

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    • Bus manufacturing
    • Internal logistics
    • Kanban
    • Lean
    • Logistics
    • Warehouse

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
    • Strategy and Management


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