Lean manufacturing essentials

Lee, Quarterman
June 2008
Management Services;Summer2008, Vol. 52 Issue 2, p46
Academic Journal
The author discusses the principles of lean manufacturing, otherwise known as waste-free manufacturing. The manufacturing strategy approach can build sustained competitive advantage by starting with market requirements and focusing on a consistent, do-able set of key manufacturing tasks. Maintaining the lowest inventory possible saves resources. The effectiveness of organizational functions entails the integration of people and technology into a system that exploits the strengths and minimizes the limitations of each component. Scientific and engineering perspectives should be preferred above slogans, edicts, imitation and proselytizing, says the author.


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