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What is Lean Production? Meaning.

Lean Production is a manufacturing performance improvement approach and philosophy that emphasizes the minimization of the amount of all the resources (including time) used in the various activities of the enterprise. It involves identifying and eliminating non-value-adding activities in design, production, supply chain management, and dealing with the customers.

Lean producers employ teams of multi-skilled workers at all levels of the organization and use highly flexible, increasingly automated machines to produce volumes of products in potentially enormous variety. It contains a set of principles and practices to reduce cost through the relentless removal of Waste and through the simplification of all manufacturing and support processes.

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Lean Implementation in SAP Projects
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Lean Thinking Begins with the End Customer and His Needs
The basics of Lean Thinking are still to find in the Womack - Jones book 'Lean Thinking':
1. Value
2. Value stream
3. Flow
4. Pull
5. Continuous Improvement.

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Origin of the Word 'Lean'
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Reasons to Implement Lean. Advantages
There are several reasons or benefits for organizations to become Lean. This variety of reasons can be categorized into three main groups: customer satisfaction, strategic value and financial value....
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Lean Business Processes
Jeff Hall in Management Services, Winter2006, Vol. 50 Issue 4, encourages the adoption of a lean approach to business process improvement.
Lean is about building world class processes that delive...
Organizations Must Go on a DIET to Become Lean
Lean is focused on the elimination or reduction of waste and the continuous improvement of the overall performance of a company. Acquiring the proficiency to accomplish more with less is the path towa...

Lean Time and Lead Time
What is lean time? Are lead time and lean time the same or different?...

Relation Between Value Chain and Lean?
What is the interrelationship of the Value Chain and Lean?...

Trends in Lean: What's Hot?
Hello. My name is Christoffer and I am working with a paper about Lean. I am looking for interesting / hot topics to take up in the paper and was wondering if somone could inform me about the hottetst...

Ownership of Complex Lean Projects
Who should take ownership of lean projects that impact different areas of the value chain?...

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Summary of Lean Manufacturing and Maintenance. History, Tools, PROs and CONs

Operational Excellence, Maximizing Efficiency
Detailed presentation about Lean Production, including the interesting origins of Lean Production in Toyota Motor Compan...

The 5 Main Steps of the Lean Manager

Lean Management, Lean Production, Lean Six Sigma, 5S, Root Cause Analysis
For a lean manager, performance and excellence are very important. These 5 steps characterize a lean manager: Contro...

Lean Production for a Green Environment

Lean Production, Lean Manufacturing, Green Manufacturing
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Battle of Champions in Performance Improvement: Six Sigma versus Lean

Performance Improvement Lean Six Sigma
While both Six Sigma and Lean focus on waste reduction as a key aim (recognizing waste comes in many forms), this is the...

Pull Production System Training Guide

Pull Production, Kanban, Lean
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See also: Just-in-time  |  Total Productive Maintenance  |  3rd Party Logistics (3PL)  |  Vendor Managed Inventory  |  Waste Management  |  Bullwhip Effect  |  Value Engineering  |  Scientific Management  |  Quick Response Manufacturing

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