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Implementation of Production Process Standardization—A Case Study of a Publishing Company from the SMEs Sector

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Department of Industrial Engineering, Tecnológico Nacional de México/Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana, Calzada del Tecnológico S/N, Tijuana 22414, Baja California, Mexico
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Department of Electrical Engineering, University of La Rioja, Edificio Departamental-C/San José de Calasanz, 31. 26004 Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of La Rioja. Edificio Departamental-C/San José de Calasanz, 31. 26004 Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
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Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez, Ave. del Charro 450 Norte. Col. Partido Romero, Ciudad Juárez 32310, Chihuahua, Mexico
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Processes 2019, 7(10), 646; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr7100646
Received: 14 August 2019 / Revised: 18 September 2019 / Accepted: 19 September 2019 / Published: 21 September 2019
This paper reports a case study using a standardization process for increasing efficiency and a better optimization of resources in a printing company with 150 operators having manual and mechanical tasks in the box assembly department along with four production lines. The current capacity is 350 boxes per day, while the demand is 650 units, where the company is expected to pay large sums for overtime. Using work standardization, studying worker movements, timing, and workstations redesign, the main goal was to increase the efficiency and productivity indexes. After applying those tools, the inefficient movements in operators decreased from 230 to 78, eliminating 66% of the unnecessary movements, as well as the standard time in a workstation decreased from 244 to 199 s (18.44%) per each assembled box, and the production rate increased by 63.2%, that is, 229 units per assembly line a day, where overtime was reduced to zero. View Full-Text
Keywords: work standardization; line balancing; workstations redesign; optimization of productivity; inefficient movements work standardization; line balancing; workstations redesign; optimization of productivity; inefficient movements
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Realyvásquez-Vargas, A.; Flor-Moltalvo, F.J.; Blanco-Fernández, J.; Sandoval-Quintanilla, J.D.; Jiménez-Macías, E.; García-Alcaraz, J.L. Implementation of Production Process Standardization—A Case Study of a Publishing Company from the SMEs Sector. Processes 2019, 7, 646.

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