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Table 5 A summary of lean tools used by the two case study SMEs

From: Transforming manufacturing to be ‘good for planet and people’, through enabling lean and green thinking in small and medium-sized enterprises

Firm identifier Lean tools used during the SME operations  
Capacity planning Quality circles Lean Culture Pull approach Lean supply chain management Just-In-Time (JIT) Inventory reduction Buffer level 5S Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Cellular Manufacturing Value stream mapping Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) Kaizen 5 why PDCA A3 reporting SWOT Lean flow
  1. Key: ‘’ indicates the presence of the tool within the firms’ operations