Case Studies

Portuguese Cases

Improving a Productive Process- The Amorim & Irmãos Case

Module 4. Flow of Orders and Jobs

The cork sector has a great relevance in the Portuguese industry, but is increasingly subject to new pressures in the market where it operates. Amorim&Irmãos, company where this study is conducted, is the world leader in this sector and gives a continuous focus to the improvement of its processes and products. Consistent with this strategy, this study aims to improve the production process of one Amorim&Irmãos products, the agglomerated corks produced in the factory of Coruche. To achieve the proposed objective, the application of Theory of Constraints was identified as appropriate. A literature review of this theory was conducted and it was concluded that it has been widely studied and applied in different industries with very positive results. This theory argues that improving a manufacturing process is possible by identifying the constraint and improving it. In this work two cycles of the Theory of Constraints were performed. In the first cycle, Mechanical Finishes was identified as the constraint and several improvements have been proposed to solve it, which were promptly implemented. The resolution of this constraint was achieved, meaning an increase of 27% in the capacity of the manufacturing process. In the second cycle, Extrusion was identified as the new restriction. The analysis of this stage was also performed and the suggested improvements could further increase process capacity by 22%.

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Improving Retail - The SportZone (Sonae) Case

Module 3. Flow of Work and Inventory

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WxPWr0GpUE&list=UUTNNs2-ZaYz3fI7AUtELp-w

International Cases

Improving a Productive Process- Ecuador - Grupo Berlin Case (Bosch Batteries) 

Module 4. Flow of Orders and Jobs

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IROc4O4eaNU&list=UUTNNs2-ZaYz3fI7AUtELp-w&index=3

Improving a Productive Process- Brazil - Itambé Case (Milk Products)

Module 4. Flow of Orders and Jobs

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv7U1MMdiAM&list=UUTNNs2-ZaYz3fI7AUtELp-w&index=10

Improving a Productive Process- Brazil - Starrett Case (Cutting Tool and Measuring Instruments)

Module 4. Flow of Orders and Jobs

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2Go4cLo_GM&list=UUTNNs2-ZaYz3fI7AUtELp-w&index=15