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lean manufacturing

the use of a suitable combination of techniques enabling an organization to reduce costs and waste in any form, thus improving efficiency and effectiveness. The following techniques form the basis of lean manufacturing. Continuous improvement (KAIZAN); SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT, (see KEIRETSU) CELLULAR MANUFACTURING (group technology); FIVE S (5S); VALUE ANALYSIS; PROCESS MAPPING; SEVEN (7) WASTES; single piece flow (‘BATCH SIZE of one’); SINGLE MINUTE EXCHANGE OF DIES; STEP CHANGE; SUPPLY BASE REDUCTION (see SOURCING); KANBAN; TOTAL PRODUCTIVE MAINTENANCE. See PRODUCTION, COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE, COMPETITIVE STRATEGY, PRODUCTIVITY.
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Lean thinking identifies seven types of waste: overproduction, unnecessary inventory, waiting, waste of transporting, over processing, defects, and unnecessary motion (see Table 7).
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The direct benefits of lean thinking are reduced process turnaround times, because non value-added steps are removed leading to reduced operating costs.
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The idea of lean thinking originated in Japanese manufacturing concepts and has spread to other areas such as medical industries, logistic, service industries and construction.
It offers a bespoke service, with on-site practical consultancy and training in developing strategies, building the skills of employees and using Lean Thinking to improve how a company works.
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Lean thinking begins with eliminating waste so that all work adds value and serves the customer's need.
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