Glossary

Lean manufacturing

The Lean Manufacturing methodology originated in Japan and was derived from Toyota’s 1930 operating model. It refers to a collection of processes and tools involved in production working together to minimize waste and increase production efficiency. The Lean manufacturing approach is about the elimination of waste or activities which add no value to the process, without affecting productivity, in order to cut complexity and cost. Lean is based on the concept of continuous and incremental improvements on product and process while eliminating redundant activities and providing a basis for operational excellence by standardizing processes and creating a culture of continuous improvement. Identifying the pain points is the first step of going lean. The manufacturing industry has pointed several types of waste within an operation including defects, overproduction, idle time, inventory, and labor.

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