Lean Manufacturing Tools

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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By participating in Lean training programs, you can obtain a clear grasp of Lean Manufacturing tools and techniques that can take your business to the next level of efficiency and productivity. Lean Enterprise is a method of organizational troubleshooting that is designed to systematically reduce waste in a business production chain. It does so by engaging areas of wasted time, effort, space, and human resources to maximize flow and increase output without the need for added capacity.

As shown in many training programs, one of the most important Lean Manufacturing tools is mindset. In many cases, it may not be necessary to add production resources--tools, physical assets, or employees--if the workflow and mindset are altered to add the desired value. One of the most valuable characteristics of Lean is its ability shift peoples focus, so that they troubleshoot the production factors that truly make a difference.

Other tools, such as customized data sheets, allow quantitative work to be done.
After finding the key factors (through systematic data collection) that keep production from reaching its goals, Lean Manufacturing tools can help teams develop innovative strategies to eliminate those factors. Six Sigma methods are often paired with Lean methods to create, implement, and monitor new operational plans.

Lean Manufacturing Tools and Consulting

Lean consultation is also available to businesses. Some companies urge businesses to allow at least one key person to train in Lean and Six Sigma methods and tools, as well as attend the consultation sessions. Since both Lean and Six Sigma are processes that reach every aspect of a business, it is important for as many people as possible within that business to become familiar with basic practices of both Lean and Six Sigma.

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