Continuous Improvement in an Industrial Unit of the Wood Industry Through Kanban

  • Flávia C. S. Guia
  • Radu Godina
  • João C. O. MatiasEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 281)


Nowadays, in order to achieve manufacturing excellence and to ensure customer satisfaction in a competitive marketplace, companies are increasingly looking for simple techniques to bring them vital gains in terms of time and money. A powerful tool to minimize average production time and to save costs is the Kanban system, which not only reduces stock levels but also ensures the efficiency of the workplace. In this investigation, there is a case study of a small company in the wood industry where the Kanban system was implemented. This case shows how such a simple tool has motivated a team to create a system of continuous improvement.


Kanban system Continuous improvement Lean manufacturing 



This work was financially supported by the research unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy (project POCI-01-0145-FEDER-006939), funded by FEDER funds through COMPETE2020—POCI and by national funds through FCT—Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. Radu Godina would like to acknowledge financial support from Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (UID/EMS/00667/2019).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Flávia C. S. Guia
    • 1
  • Radu Godina
    • 2
  • João C. O. Matias
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.DEGEITUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.Research and Development Unit in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (UNIDEMI), Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT), Department of Mechanical and Industrial EngineeringUniversidade NOVA de LisboaCaparicaPortugal
  3. 3.GOVCOPPUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal

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