The Use of Lean Methods in SMEs

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  • Hakan Turan Istanbul
  • Hasan Çiçek Uskudar University
  • Emre Kaplan Uskudar University
  • Gökmen Turan Uskudar University
  • Kemal Güzel Bursa


Cell Manufacturing, Spaghetti Diagram, One Piece Flow, Kaizen, Kanban


The way to gain a competitive advantage in today's companies is to use modern common techniques. In this study, the improvements achieved by the use of lean manufacturing techniques for a profile manufacturing SME are discussed. First of all, in order to speed up the flow and prevent wastage (Muda), a settlement suitable for cellular manufacturing has been adopted. For this, a layout suitable for a one-piece flow is provided. The Spaghetti Diagram was used to determine the distances and directions of travel and to eliminate waste based on them. After that, the process was improved step with Kaizen. The staff pertaining to lean manufacturing can easily use it for production. In order to avoid inter-operational stocks in the process, the pull system philosophy has been determined. Kanban cards were used for this purpose. This study, it is aimed to show the small improvements to be used easily for SMEs with different techniques. The outcomes represent that lean manufacturing is capable of effectively implementing small and medium enterprises.   


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Author Biographies

Hakan Turan, Istanbul

Bilig Opex Consultant, Turkey


Hasan Çiçek, Uskudar University

Department of Industrial Engineering, Turkey

Emre Kaplan, Uskudar University

Department of Industrial Engineering, Turkey

Gökmen Turan, Uskudar University

Department of Industrial Engineering, Turkey

Kemal Güzel, Bursa

Aktaş Holding, Turkey


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Turan, H., Çiçek, H., Kaplan, E., Turan, G., & Güzel, K. (2023). The Use of Lean Methods in SMEs. International Conference on Innovative Academic Studies, 2, 6–13. Retrieved from

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