Lean Implementation

Written by Elisabeth Forsythe
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Tradition has its place. Time-honored business and manufacturing methods are safe and easy to implement. After all, traditional processes have gotten many companies where they are today, right? But these days, the majority of these companies are embracing Lean Implementation--a concept that throws tradition right out the window--and finding even greater success than before.

Pioneered by the Japanese in the 1950s, Lean Implementation is all about cutting out waste and making production more efficient, down to the tiniest detail. The extra hour it takes to change dies to produce different parts can add up to thousands of dollars down the drain. But the ten minutes it takes to set up a new tool to work on another product can also result in waste that weighs down your company. With optimal Lean Implementation, you can even cut out those five extra steps a worker may take to transport a product to a different location.

Using Lean Implementation, many companies streamline or combine processes to save on fabrication costs and time. Resources are fully utilized. Tools and fasteners are revised to be universal. Variation tolerances are eliminated to combat possible defects. With Lean Implementation, materials and processes are evaluated, and the most efficient, least expensive options are chosen every time--regardless of tradition.

Lean Implementation Nation

Studies show that for small and midsize manufacturing plants, up to 60 percent of their processes add no value to the final product. This is waste that can--and should--be jettisoned. Lean Implementation can help companies create a new tradition of maximized production and increased innovation.

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