Lean and metrology: a systematic review and bibliometric analysis of the scientific literature from the last 20 years

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Lucas França Tanaro
Heymert Vinícius Pacheco
Ana Carla de Souza Gomes dos Santos
Letícia Ali Figueiredo Ferreira
Genildo Nonato Santos
صندلی اداری


The metrology area is responsible for measurement properties and is present in the market through services related to calibration, standardization, maintenance, measurement traceability, and certification. While there is a demand from metrology companies for efficient methods of managing the quality of their services and operations, lean culture encompasses the most important management techniques with applications in various segments. Considering the aspects that permeate these two areas, the question arises about a possible intersection between the demands of companies and metrology laboratories to remain competitive and certified in the market and benefits provided by lean culture. Thus, this paper performs a systematic review, according to the PRISMA protocol, in order to verify if there is an intersection between lean and metrology in the scientific literature. Through bibliometric and qualitative analyses, the research shows a gap of application with a lack of articles in this area, as well as a great potential of places and tools to be implemented.


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Lucas França Tanaro, Federal Institute of Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ)

Graduate student of Industrial Production Management at Federal Institute of Education, Science, and Technology of Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ), campus Nilópolis.

Heymert Vinícius Pacheco, Federal Institute of Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ)

Graduate student of Industrial Production Management at Federal Institute of Education, Science, and Technology of Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ), campus Nilópolis.

Ana Carla de Souza Gomes dos Santos, Federal Institute of Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ); CEFET/RJ

Ph.D. student in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Federal Center for Technological Education Celso Suckow da Fonseca (CEFET/RJ) in the lean healthcare line of research and a professor at the Federal Institute of Education, Science, and Technology of Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ), campus Nilopolis. She is master’s in industrial engineering by UENF (2016), Project Management Specialist by FGV (2015), and a bachelor’s in industrial engineering by Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora Educational Center (2012). Her general field of research and experience is in Industrial Engineering, focusing on Production and Quality Management.

Letícia Ali Figueiredo Ferreira, CEFET/RJ

Master's student in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Federal Center for Technological Education Celso Suckow da Fonseca (CEFET/RJ) in the Healthcare 4.0 line of research and a collaborating researcher at Federal Institute of Education, Science, and Technology of Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ), Campus Nilopolis as member of the Research Group of Industrial Production Management in the lean operations line of research. She graduated in Industrial Engineering at the Federal University of Jequitinhonha and Mucuri Valleys (2018) and in Science and Technology (2016) at the same university. Her undergraduate process was partly held at Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD, USA) as she took courses related to Industrial and Systems Engineering after participating in the Science Without Borders Program (2014-2015).

Genildo Nonato Santos, Federal Institute of Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ)

Is an associate professor in the Management of Industrial Production Department at the Federal Institute of Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ). He is a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ), Master in Scientific Instrumentation by the Brazilian Center for Research in Physics (CBPF) and a bachelor in Electrical Engineering by the Federal Center for Technological Education Celso Suckow da Fonseca (CEFET/RJ). His research interests include analog very-large-scale integration design and neuromorphic systems.


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