Method for optimizing the production process of domestic water tank manufacturing companies

Lenin Alvarado, Grimaldo Quispe, Carlos Raymundo

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The Peruvian plastic industry’s water tank manufacturing has increased by 22% since 2013. Regarding the annual sales data during 2014 – 2015, the industry in Peru ranks seventh in America behind the US, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Chile. However, a portion of the companies in this category do not currently meet the estimated delivery time for final products, largely due to changes in configuration or format and unscheduled company stops, which generates losses in production. Thus, this study developed a methodology for optimizing production of domestic water tank manufacturers by applying lean manufacturing and preventive maintenance techniques that reduce lead time, delays and faulty equipment. The proposed model was validated in a water tank company where the implementation of the two proposals generated significant cost savings due to the elimination of waste in the processes of production. Our methodology reduced lead time by 2 days, eliminated unscheduled equipment stops and acheieved a percentage higher than 80% in the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), in addition to implementing good practices in process management.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1735-1757
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Research and Technology
Issue number11
StateIndexed - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Lean manufacturing
  • Preventive maintenance
  • SMED
  • Value chain map


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