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Implementation of lean production systems in small and medium-sized pharmaceutical enterprises

: Sieckmann, Felix; Ngoc, Hien Nguyen; Helm, René; Kohl, Holger


Procedia manufacturing 21 (2018), pp.814-821
ISSN: 2351-9789
Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing (GCSM) <15, 2017, Haifa>
Bundesministerium fur Wirtschaft und Energie BMWi (Deutschland)
IGF; 18890N; LeanProductionPharma
Journal Article, Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPK ()
lean management; holistic production system; pharmaceutical production; small and medium-sized enterprises

In order to ensure a sustainable supply of the population with affordable medicines, it is necessary to organize pharmaceutical production processes efficiently in terms of costs, process quality, time and flexibility. Lean Production Systems (LPS) have proved as an effective way to respond appropriately to these requirements. To date, the transfer of established models to the pharmaceutical industry and especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is difficult, because of special characteristics regarding production processes and regulatory requirements. At the same time, SMEs often lack the necessary knowledge to develop suitable LPS themselves. The paper describes Lean success factors and barriers and proposes an LPS implementation process taking into account the unique features of SMEs in the pharmaceutical industry. Special attention is given to the consideration of human oriented factors and the appropriate selection of Lean methods, which are aligned with business goals.