The starting point for lean manufacturing: Achieving basic stability

Smalley, Art
December 2005
Management Services;Winter2005, Vol. 49 Issue 4, p8
Academic Journal
The article presents the author's views on achieving basic stability in lean manufacturing. Basic stability refers to the general predictability and consistent availability in terms of manpower, machines, materials, and methods. The author says that under each of the mentioned building blocks of manufacturing, Toyota Motor Corp. tries to establish a consistent and predictable process prior to getting too far down the road with the elements of flow.


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