The goal of this article is to describe and analyze specific methods and tools of lean manufacturing and their applicability in metallurgical industry. These methods are described: Kaizen, Value Stream Management, Lean Workplace, Lean Layout, Standardization, Management of Bottlenecks, TPM, 5S and Visualization, Poka Yoke, Kanban etc. For every method is discuss suitability of its application in specific process in metallurgical industry. Lean manufacturing (and its methods and tools) was originally established in the automotive industry, i.e. in mechanical engineering. It is understood that the usefulness of some methods and tools has increased in processes or parts of processes, including those involving the human factor (e.g. Poka Yoke, 5S, Visualization etc.). On the other hand, some methods are valid regardless of the level of involvement of human factor and type of industry (e.g. Value Stream Management, Lean Layout, Management of Bottlenecks etc.), however, it is necessary to adapt them the sectoral specifics. Typical examples of wasting in metalworking processes are described including appropriate methods of lean manufacturing.Keywords: Lean manufacturing, Kaizen, lean layout, TPM, metalworking processes
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