Is there a better way to run your operation? A more efficient way to plan, produce and deliver your products? A smarter way to manufacture?
Today's most competitive manufacturers know that there is and know exactly what to call it.
Lean manufacturing isn't just the latest industry buzzword or quick-fix alternative. Increasingcompetition demands a continuous focus on minimal costs, maximum customer options, fastdelivery, and high-quality products and services. Today's manufacturers must be innovative whilefocusing on waste reduction, improved lead-time, maximized flexibility, and upgraded quality.Lean manufacturing concepts are proven strategies to help manufacturers obtain these attributes.Converting to a lean production system is a rigorous, difficult process that requires every level of an organization to develop a complete understanding to the basic tents of the concept and itsexecution. Companies that have fully implemented lean systems are rare, but the list of manufacturers trying to become lean is growing fast.This section of MAMTC's Lean web site is designed to provide you with the basic information youneed to start considering lean improvement strategies.
TRADITIONAL vs. LEAN MANUFACTURING
For years manufacturers have created products in anticipation of having a market for them.Operations have traditionally been driven by sales forecasts and firms tended to stockpileinventories in case they were needed. A key difference in Lean Manufacturing is that it is basedon the concept that production can and should be driven by real customer demand. Instead of producing what you hope to sell, Lean Manufacturing can produce what your customer wants...with shorter lead times. Instead of pushing product to market, it's pulled there through asystem that's set up to quickly respond to customer demand.Lean organizations are capable of producing high-quality products economically in lower volumesand bringing them to market faster than mass producers. A lean organization can make twice asmuch product with twice the quality and half the time and space, at half the cost, with a fraction of the normal work-in-process inventory. Lean management is about operating the most efficient andeffective organization possible, with the least cost and zero waste.
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