Lean Manufacturing Application Analysis in the Inventory Management of a Furniture Industry

  • Sergio Luiz Braga FrançaEmail author
  • Daiane Ferreira Dias
  • Alberto Eduardo Besser Freitag
  • Osvaldo Luiz Gonçalves Quelhas
  • Marcelo Jasmim Meiriño
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 280)


The current context of the furniture industry is represented by a competitive and demanding consumer market and the consequent need for modernization and implementation of methods and tools that contribute to a lean and efficient management, cost reduction and an increase of quality and productivity. This research aims to analyze the results obtained with the application of Lean Manufacturing in the inventory management of a furniture industry. A qualitative research strategy was adopted, in two phases, initially a literature review, followed by a case study in a Brazilian furniture company. The use of Lean Manufacturing principles, techniques and tools such as Value Stream Map, organization of productive process with Kanban, levelling of production with Heijunka, and percentage of inventory accuracy calculation helped significantly the company to identify and eliminate waste that was affecting process performance. Results were positive with an eight times reduction of the finished product inventory (almost 88% reduction) and lead time two and a half times smaller in the administrative management flow of inventory, even with addition of processes and people.


Lean manufacturing Inventory management Cost reduction Waste elimination Furniture industry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergio Luiz Braga França
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daiane Ferreira Dias
    • 2
  • Alberto Eduardo Besser Freitag
    • 3
  • Osvaldo Luiz Gonçalves Quelhas
    • 1
  • Marcelo Jasmim Meiriño
    • 1
  1. 1.Master’s Program in Management SystemsFluminense Federal UniversityNiteróiBrazil
  2. 2.School of EngineeringFluminense Federal UniversityNiteróiBrazil
  3. 3.Production and Systems EngineeringFederal Center for Technological Education Celso Suckow da Fonseca (Cefet/RJ)Rio de JaneiroBrazil

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