Lean manufacturing (also known as lean production) is a series of processes that aims to minimising waste within manufacturing systems while simultaneously improving efficiency and profitability. It originated in Japan as 無駄 (muda) meaning futility; uselessness; wastefulness.
Waste in manufacturing can stunt growth, cost money, and reduce efficiency. Waste comes in many forms including unused materials that cannot be recycled or re-purposed, workers not fulling their full potential, neglected resources and bad work practices. The idea of eliminating and reducing these is the idea behind lean manufacturing.
The idea of lean manufacturing was first promoted by the Toyota Production System in the 1990s. The adoption of which helped grow Toyota from a small company to one of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers in the world. There are eight kinds of muda that are addressed.
- • Waste of overproduction
- • Waste of time on hand
- • Waste of transportation
- • Waste of processing itself
- • Waste of stock at hand
- • Waste of movement
- • Waste of making defective products
- • Waste of underutilised workers
Here at Sheet Metal Services we consider ourselves lean manufactures because we re-use and recycle whatever we can and deploy various methods to ensure our factory is always running as efficiently as possible. This allows us to deliver the highest quality to our customers in short lead times at competitive prices.
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