Improvement of the production processes based on the lean methodology

  • 1 Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Skopje, North Macedonia
  • 2 SMELT-ING doo., Skopje, North Macedonia


The project for improvement of the production process based on the Lean methodology in SMELT-ING DOO was implemented in four phases (mini projects). The detailed analysis of the work orders in the period of 9 months provided clear picture of the current situation. With the defined methodology and through mutual meetings with the upper management and the employees of the company, the project team managed to introduce and implement the following mini projects: improved visualisation, digital work order, implementation of 5S and portable tools trolley. All these mini projects have improved the organization of the production process and helped the process of waste
elimination in the company.



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