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What is Lean Manufacturing?

It is a structured approach to eliminating different types of waste from your entire business process.

Is Lean Manufacturing having an impact?

An Idaho manufacturer who recently went "lean" is now experiencing:

  • a major reduction in lead time - from several weeks to a few days 
  • a 50% reduction in floor space
  • a 70% reduction in travel distance
  • a 50% reduction in inventory levels 
  • an increase in quality and productivity

How long did that take?

The Lean implementation took about a month and the lift in performance came immediately after.

What are the signs a company needs Lean?

  • You are making too much, too soon, for your customers
  • Projects stop when an employee is away or you're out of stock
  • Employees on the shop floor spend lots of time waiting
  • Capital is tied up in inventory
  • Batch sizes are much larger than consumption rates
  • Lots of rework
  • Many moves and storage steps in your production process


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