gu flexible flowNowadays customers of manufacturing companies demand a larger variety of products to be delivered at shorter time intervals than before, which may certainly not be at the cost of a lower quality or a higher price. To survive in the coming years there is a need for manufacturing companies to improve production systems on efficiency without compromising flexibility quality, and workload on employees. Lean manufacturing and a participatory ergonomics approach were integrated and interactive tools were developed especially for use in SME. These approach and tools were applied to 37 SMEs. Increase of productivity of about 15-40 % and order lead time of 20-25 % were measured without any increase in physical load parameters.

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