Stabilization and Standardization of a Precast Production Process

Carlos Antonio Samaniego Gallardo1, Ariovaldo Denis Granja2, Flavio Augusto Picchi3 & Alex Tort Folch4

1Civil Eng., M. Sc. Candidate at GTE/Unicamp, carlosasamaniego@yahoo.com
2Ass. Professor, Construction Management and Technology Research Group (GTE), School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and urban Design, Department of Architecture and Building, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Avenida Albert Einstein, 951, Caixa Postal 6021, Campinas/SP, CEP 13083-852, Brazil, Tel.: +55 19 3788-2082, FAX + 55 19 3788-2411, adgranja@fec.unicamp.br, fpicchi@fec.unicamp.br
3Ass. Professor, Construction Management and Technology Research Group (GTE), School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and urban Design, Department of Architecture and Building, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Director, Lean Institute Brasil, Rua Topázio 911, São Paulo/SP, Brazil, CEP 04105-063, Tel.: +55 11 5571-6887, FAX: +55 11 5571-0804, fpicchi@lean.org.br
4Civil Eng., Technology and Quality Director, MUNTE Industrialized Constructions, Ltda. , atf@munte.com.br

Abstract

Adapting and implementing new management techniques based on principles and tools originated in the manufacturing industry have been challenging the construction industry. This research aims to present improvements achieved in the fabrication process of precast concrete roof tiles, after a first stage of diagnosis and basic stabilization of the production process. This work was carried out jointly with a Brazilian company in the state of Sao Paulo, dedicated to the erection and fabrication of pre-cast concrete components. This study is part of an ongoing action-research, where the production process of concrete precast roof tiles fabrication was already analyzed. After a first diagnosis of the production process, lean principles and tools were used to stabilize and standardize the production process of these precast components. Results allow concluding that lean implementations helped with the basic stabilization and standardization of the different work elements involved in the fabrication system of precast concrete roof tiles and could be adapted to other precast concrete components production process, providing higher reliability in the production process and production throughput improvements for these components.

Keywords

Precast, roof tiles, stabilization, standardization, production processes

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Gallardo, C.A.S. , Granja, A.D. , Picchi, F.A. & Folch, A.T. 2006, 'Stabilization and Standardization of a Precast Production Process' In:, 14th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Santiago, Chile, 1-. pp 205-213

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