Lean Practices Transfer in Developed Countries

A Practical Case in an Electrical Wires and Cables Company





Electrical wires and cables company, Value Stream Mapping, Lean knowledge transfer


Although Lean knowledge is widely spread worldwide bringing forth benefits to organizations, observable in the literature is that small-sized enterprises in developed countries do not usually apply this industrial management technique. Therefore, this article has sought to demonstrate that Lean Knowledge Transfer, through the university-enterprise cooperation, may reach expressive results in a wires and cables company. To achieve that, a product family largely impacting the production process has been selected in that company. Next, the tool Value Stream Mapping (VSM) has been used to visualize the current state and, in partnership with the company’s managers, idealize a future state of the process. With that, wastes have been found in the production process and Lean tools have been pointed out to reach improvements proposed in the future state. The results have shown a significant reduction in wastes of: movement of operators (50 and 40% in distances traveled), inventories (44 and 22% of copper), lead time (60 and 53% of the time) and the number of operators (39% in total). Thus, the conclusion is that these results corroborate the literature, where one may apply Lean knowledge transfer in different-sized enterprises so as to seek the reduction of wastes and improve the production process efficiently with the cooperation of universities.


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Author Biographies

Matheus das Neves Almeida, Universidade Federal do Piauí, Brazil

Production Engineering

Francimara Carvalho da Silva, Federal University of Piauí, Brazil

Graduation at Engenharia de Produção from Federal University of Piauí (2017).

João Luiz Kovaleski, Federal University of Technology - Paraná

Graduated in Electronic Industrial Engineering from the Federal Technological University of Paraná (1986), degree in Industrial Automation - University of Grenoble I (1985), master's degree in Computer Science from the Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (1986). 1988), DEA in Electronic Systems at the Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (INPG) and PhD in Industrial Instrumentation - University of Grenoble I (Scientifique and Médica - Joseph Fourier) (1992). He is Professor of the Federal Technological University of Paraná - Campus Ponta Grossa, editor of Industrial Management and Innovare Magazine, reviewer of RAI magazines of PGT / USP. He has experience in the area of ​​Production Engineering, with emphasis on Industrial Management, working mainly on the following topics: technology transfer, industrial management, innovation agent, knowledge management and technological innovation. He was Director General of Ponta Grossa Campus at UTFPR for 8 years. Vice-rector for 4 years of UTFPR. Member of the University Council of UTFPR for 12 years. Currently 1 - President of APREPRO - Paraná Association of Production Engineering. 2- Director of Business and Community Relations of UTFPR. 3- Professor and Founder of the Masters / Doctorate in Production Engineering.

Pedro Filipe da Conceição Pereira, Federal University of Technology - Paraná

Bachelor's degree in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Piauí (2015) and a specialization in Safety Engineering at Work at the University Center UNINOVAFAPI (2018) and is currently studying for a Masters in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Paraná (UTFPR).

Bentha Beatriz Carvalho Lima, Federal University of Piauí, Brazil

Graduation at Engenharia de Produção from Federal University of Piauí (2018).


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How to Cite

das Neves Almeida, M., Carvalho da Silva, F. ., Kovaleski, J. L. ., da Conceição Pereira, P. F. ., & Carvalho Lima, B. B. (2019). Lean Practices Transfer in Developed Countries: A Practical Case in an Electrical Wires and Cables Company. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 7(8), 12–31. https://doi.org/10.31686/ijier.vol7.iss8.1631