Increasing Forklift Time Utilization in a Food Equipment Manufacturing Plant with a Kaizen Event

Fernando Gonzalez-Aleu*, Daniela Garza-Gutierrez, Edgar Marco Aurelio Granda-Gutierrez, Jesus Vazquez-Hernandez

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The COVID-19 pandemic impacted several services organizations such as hotels and restaurants. Some studies suggest that 50% of restaurants closed during quarantining days will not reopen in the future, producing a domino effect with their suppliers. Therefore, to survey in this crisis, organizations focused their efforts on reducing waste and/or repurposing their manufacturing operations by introducing new products. The purposes of this paper are (1) to mention an overall strategy followed by food equipment manufacturing plant to address the COVID-19 pandemic challenge; and (2) to describe one of the five Kaizen events conducted to address COVID-19 challenges. This Kaizen focused on increasing forklifts utilization rate from 44% to 80%. The authors followed three steps to achieve this aim: understanding company background, conducting a literature review, and elaborating on a Kaizen event. Practitioners in manufacturing and services organizations could extract several highlights to help them to sort operations problems during crisis time. However, future research still needs to understand the socio-economic impact that COVID-19 pandemic around the world.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Manufacturing III - Volume 3 - Quality Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationResearch and Technology Innovations, Industry 4.0
EditorsAdam Hamrol, Marta Grabowska, Damjan Maletič
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783031001666
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event7th International Scientific-Technical Conference, MANUFACTURING 2022 - Poznan, Poland
Duration: 16 May 202219 May 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN (Print)2195-4356
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4364


Conference7th International Scientific-Technical Conference, MANUFACTURING 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by funding from the ESA Contract No.400012492018/NL/GLC/fk

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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