Lean Manufacturing

Definition of Lean Manufacturing:

Initiative focused on eliminating all waste in manufacturing processes.

The Production System Design Laboratory (PSD), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, states that, “Lean production is aimed at the elimination of waste in every area of production including customer relations, product design, supplier networks and factory management. Its goal is to incorporate less human effort, less inventory, less time to develop products, and less space to become highly responsive to customer demand while producing top quality products in the most efficient and economical manner possible.”

Principles of Lean enterprise:

  • Zero waiting time
  • Zero Inventory
  • Scheduling — internal customer pull instead of push system
  • Batch to Flow — cut batch sizes
  • Line Balancing
  • CCut actual process times
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