Integrating lean six sigma and ergonomics—a case study

D. Freitas, V. Nunes, I. L. Nunes

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Lean Six Sigma resulted from the integration of two powerful management philosophies:Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. It is a process-improvement approach focused on process acceleration,efficiency increase, and reduction or elimination of variation. In this paper a case study is presentedwhere a Lean Six Sigma implementation is performed in an industrial plant with the support of Ergonomics,contributing for achieving the objectives defined by the company management. The company producessalted fish. The goals outlined for this study were focused on increasing productivity and productivecapacity, while ensuring adequate levels of workers’ health, safety and well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOccupational Safety and Hygiene III - Selected Extended and Revised Contributions from the International Symposium on Safety and Hygiene
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-113802765-7
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventInternational Symposium on Safety and Hygiene, SHO 2015 - Guimarães, Portugal
Duration: 12 Feb 201513 Feb 2015


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Safety and Hygiene, SHO 2015


  • Ergonomics
  • Industrial plants
  • Lean production
  • Philosophical aspects
  • Process monitoring
  • Six sigma
  • Work simplification Company management
  • Efficiency increase
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Management philosophy
  • Process acceleration
  • Process Improvement
  • Well being


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