Journal article

Relationships between competences and lean automation practices: an exploratory study

Guilherme Luz Tortorella, Tarcisio A Saurin, Paolo Gaiardelli, Daniel Jurburg

PRODUCTION PLANNING & CONTROL | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Lean Automation (LA) is defined as the combined use of Lean Production (LP) practices and Industry 4.0 (I4.0) technologies. This paper investigates the pairwise relationships between the LA practices and their corresponding implementation competences. A survey-based study with 110 practitioners from manufacturing companies was conducted. Multivariate data techniques were used to analyze the responses, which were categorized according to practitioners’ LP experience and I4.0 knowledge. Findings indicate that the relationships between competences and LA practices become more prominent as practitioners’ LP experience increases. A contrary trend was observed when I4.0 knowledge increases. Nevert..

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