Implementing Lean Manufacturing

Imitation to innovation By Quarterman Lee:
Not much is written on how to implement lean manufacturing.

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Lean in the Office

Lean in the Office: 8 Wastes:
In the office environment, the 8 classic waste types of the Lean methodology manifest in different ways than we see on the factory floor.

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Lean Thinking

Applying “lean” principles to a shop floor can have startling results, such as a doubling of productivity and a halving of the production space:
“Appointing value stream managers, drawing value stream maps, and achieving future states in the office can produce savings equal to or greater than those in your plants,” said James P. Womack, founder and president of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI).

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Root Cause Analysis

Root Cause Analysis:
Once you have a good understanding of how the process (i.e., the one that needs to be fixed) currently works, it’s time to figure out what the root causes are to the errors or inefficiency.

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What Is Lean Thinking

As Womack and Jones note in Lean Thinking:
“The critical starting point for lean thinking is value. Value can only be defined by the ultimate customer.

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