What Is Lean ManufacturingThe core idea of lean manufacturing is actually quite simple…relentlessly work on eliminating waste from the manufacturing process. So what is waste? Waste is defined as any activity that does not add value from the customer’s perspective. It can be difficult to find reliable and well-written information about improvement techniques for manufacturing. So, our goal is to provide you with the absolute best source of easy-to-understand information for helping you improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and profitability of your manufacturing operations.
There are a lot of great ideas to explore in lean. So where should you begin?
One way to start is to survey the most important lean tools, with a brief description and short explanation of how each tool can improve your manufacturing operations.
If a tool captures your interest or resonates with you in some way – explore it further to decide if it is something to pursue now…or later. Many of these tools can be successfully used in isolation, which makes it much easier to get started. On the other hand, the benefits will compound as more tools are used, as they do support and reinforce each other.
- Bottleneck Analysis
- Continuous Flow
- Gemba (The Real Place)
- Heijunka (Level Scheduling)
- Hoshin Kanri (Policy Deployment)
- Jidoka (Autonomation)
- Just-In-Time (JIT)
- Kaizen (Continuous Improvement)
- Kanban (Pull System)
- KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)
- Muda (Waste)
- Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
- PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act)
- Poka-Yoke (Error Proofing)
- Root Cause Analysis
- Single-Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED)
- Six Big Losses
- SMART Goals
- Standardized Work
- Takt Time
- Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
- Value Stream Mapping
- Visual Factory