lean manufacturing

  

Definition

Doing more with less by employing 'lean thinking.' Lean manufacturing involves never ending efforts to eliminate or reduce 'muda' (Japanese for waste or any activity that consumes resources without adding value) in design, manufacturing, distribution, and customer service processes. Developed by the Toyota executive Taiichi Ohno (1912-90) during post-Second World War reconstruction period in Japan, and popularized by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones in their 1996 book 'Lean Thinking.' Also called lean production.

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  • A forever thorn in the side of the cotton pickers of Macon, Georgia was lean manufacturing, because when the cotton gin was invented there was no need for over half of the workers in the field, making for lean times too.

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  • If you think you and your best workers can handle a higher workload you can lay some people off as a form of lean manufacturing.

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  • In my hat business, I try to employ lean manufacturing when printing on the logo by taking the left over ink, and reusing it.

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