Lean manufacturing, the manufacturing method that Toyota uses.
A production process based on an ideology of maximizing productivity while simultaneously minimising waste within a manufacturing operation.
The LEAN principle sees waste as anything that doesn’t add value that the customers are willing to pay for.
- Reduced lead times and operating costs
- Improved product quality
Ways to do it
Waste is a negative factor for cost, deadliness and resources. It also provides no value or services.
Improved quality allows companies to stay competitive and meet the changing needs and the wants of customers.
Over production or having more materials than is required creates storage costs, which can be reduced through better processes and materials management.
Wasting time with inefficient practices is a waste of money too, while more efficient practices create shorter lead times and allow for goods and services to be delivered faster.
An example of a business that uses LEAN manufacturing is Toyota
LEAN at a non manufacturing business
Lean would work just as well at a non manufacturing business, as the waste in most organisations is high, therefore there is more of an opportunity for LEAN to take effect.