Key Principles of Lean Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing is a tactic often employed in the manufacturing industry. The goal of the method is to minimize waste while maintaining productivity. This is accomplished though continual process refinement. In a recent article from, Robert Logemann examines five key principles of lean manufacturing:

  1. Value – This principle refers to the need for manufacturers to know their product and how their customers value it. Companies should do research and establish internal parameters.
  2. Value Stream – Manufacturers should use the knowledge they develop about the value of their product(s) to inform their production process, seeking ways to eliminate inefficiency.
  3. Flow – A key are of lean production is eliminating or reducing bottlenecks within the production process, because they reduce efficiency across the board.
  4. Pull – Faster time-to-market not only means that customers aren’t left waiting, but also enables manufacturers to save on storage by producing, at least in part, on an as-needed basis.
  5. Perfection – When it comes to lean manufacturing, there is no final point at which an organization has “achieved” lean. Rather, it is an ongoing process and a powerful mindset of constantly seeking efficiency improvements.

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