Implementing lean manufacturing

Lee, Quarterman
September 2007
Management Services;Autumn2007, Vol. 51 Issue 3, p14
Academic Journal
The article presents guidelines for implementing lean manufacturing strategy. Three broad phases for lean manufacturing which are suggested include core disciplines, consolidation, and continuous improvement. Manufacturing strategy' refers to an approach that starts with corporate and marketing strategies and then designs a manufacturing system to support them. Understanding the history and background of lean manufacturing can help sort out your implementation approach. Taiichi Ohno and Shigeo Shingo developed lean manufacturing at Toyota over a period of 20-30 years. The solutions they chose, while broad based, do not necessarily apply in all situations.


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