Lean manufacturing is the process of manufacturing goods, but actively taking many steps to reduce the waste, and streamline the efficiency. Toyota had an early approach to lean manufacturing early in the 20th century, only making parts as needed, not keeping a glut of excess inventory clogging their system. The process of lean manufacturing includes mindfulness of environment, error-proofing to avoid waste, and taking additional steps to make the production of items as careful and efficient as possible.
- Lean manufacturing is a model that emphasizes the elimination of non-value added activities and delivering high quality products on time and within budget.
- One goal of lean manufacturing is the realistic reduction of motion in the workplace in order to eliminate wasted movement.
- In lean manufacturing, another goal is to eliminate defects before they even occur.
“There is some value in being able to take a part out of inventory and get it quickly, but having more parts than are needed to satisfy that goal is over production.”