A Practical Study of the Application of Value Stream Mapping to a Pre-series Production Area

  • Joana Lamas
  • Carina M. O. Pimentel
  • João C. O. MatiasEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 281)


Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a well-known Lean Manufacturing tool used to support wastes identification and value creation. The purpose of this paper is to present the application of this tool to the setting up of a new pre-series production area. To do so, a case study is presented from the automotive plastic sector. In this case study, VSM was used to improve the implementation process of a pre-series production area operating in a project manufacturing or engineer-to-order environment. The objective was to improve the industrialization process in the pre-series phase in order to ensure that the industrialization of new projects is aligned with the needs of the clients. Through the use of the VSM tool, in a representative project, significant improvements were obtained in the process, such as processing times and lead times reduction.


Lean manufacturing Value stream mapping Pre-series phase Case study 



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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joana Lamas
    • 1
  • Carina M. O. Pimentel
    • 1
    • 2
  • João C. O. Matias
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.DEGEITUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.GOVCOPP, University of AveiroAveiroPortugal

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