What is Lean Manufacturing?
As a production practice, lean manufacturing has the goal of reducing costs by eliminating wasteful activities that do not add value. From a customer perspective, lean manufacturing means maximizing the actions for which a customer would be willing to pay. Lean concepts have been formally practiced across the world since the 1940s and 1950s when Toyota incorporated lean into its production system.
Why Lean Manufacturing is Important to You
Cost reduction has been an essential part of the culture within manufacturing companies for a long time. In fact, controlling and reducing costs is fundamental to modern manufacturing operations.
Cost reduction programs have been used for years in manufacturing environments, but only a few have focused on widespread adoption of lean manufacturing. By using the concepts and tools of lean, companies can achieve significant competitive advantages across their operations.
Types of waste targeted by lean include:
- Transport (moving products between processes)
- Overproduction (manufacturing an item before it is needed)
- Waiting (whenever goods are not moving or being processed)
- Unnecessary/Excess motion (people or equipment moving more than is required to process)
- Inventory (excess inventory as a result of overproduction and waiting)
- Defects (quality defects resulting in scrap, rework, and extra production/inappropriate processing)
- Over processing (using higher technical equipment for simple tasks)
Why Tompkins is Best
Tompkins International has been successful in reducing company costs through the application of waste techniques for over three decades. Our consultants are not only knowledgeable and experienced in reducing waste in manufacturing, but they are also experts at identifying waste at all levels of a company’s supply chain.
Tompkins’ lean assessment includes an evaluation of your people, processes, and technology.