Design of a Framework for Lean Implementation in Higher Education Labs

  • Diana Carolina Bojacá Torres Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito
  • Ivonne Angélica Castiblanco Jiménez Politecnico di Torino
  • Jairo Raúl Chacón Vargas Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito
Keywords: Lean manufacturing, Lean in laboratories, Lean in higher education, Kaizen, continuous improvement


This article proposes a framework for the implementation of Lean Laboratories in higher education laboratories, which was applied in the soil and pavements laboratory of the Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito. With this framework, which incorporates in a detailed manner the steps for its application, the project aims towards decreasing the residues in these environments such as insufficient training, lack of supervision and experience, systematic performance measures, responsibility, materials availability, and generally, the absence of a systematic disposition of the laboratory and the equipment. The results achieved show important improvements in the short and medium-term in the registry and lending processes of tools and equipment. The analyzed case displays positive results with the potential of being exemplary for other organizations in the sector with aims towards implementation Lean and
its tools as a functional, practical, and low-cost alternative.

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  • Author Biographies

    Diana Carolina Bojacá Torres, Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito

    Ingeniera civil, profesora catedrática de la facultad de Ingeniería Civil en el área de Geotecnia en la Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito, además de estudiante de último semestre de Ingeniería Industrial en la misma institución.

    Ivonne Angélica Castiblanco Jiménez, Politecnico di Torino

    Ingeniera Electrónica, Máster en Mecatrónica, Máster en Automatización Industrial,

    Researcher, Politecnico di Torino

    Jairo Raúl Chacón Vargas, Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito

    Ingeniero Industrial, Doctorado en Ingeniería,
    Profesor Asociado
    Programa de Ingeniería Industrial
    Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito

How to Cite
Bojacá Torres, D. C., Castiblanco Jiménez, I. A., & Chacón Vargas, J. R. (2019). Design of a Framework for Lean Implementation in Higher Education Labs. Revista Ingenierías Universidad De Medellín, 19(36), 143-166.


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