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

*Autor correspondiente de este trabajo

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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.

Idioma originalEnglish
Título de la publicación alojadaAdvances in Manufacturing III - Volume 3 - Quality Engineering
Subtítulo de la publicación alojadaResearch and Technology Innovations, Industry 4.0
EditoresAdam Hamrol, Marta Grabowska, Damjan Maletič
EditorialSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Número de páginas12
ISBN (versión impresa)9783031001666
EstadoPublished - 2022
Evento7th International Scientific-Technical Conference, MANUFACTURING 2022 - Poznan
Duración: 16 may 202219 may 2022

Serie de la publicación

NombreLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN (versión impresa)2195-4356
ISSN (versión digital)2195-4364


Conference7th International Scientific-Technical Conference, MANUFACTURING 2022

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

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ingeniería automovilística
  • Ingeniería aeroespacial
  • Ingeniería mecánica
  • Procesos de transferencia y flujo de líquidos


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