At UGN, sustainability means, "Minimizing waste to improve efficiency, add value, and refine the manufacturing process for our automotive products when and where we can." Another important part of their philosophy is that the decision isn't lean manufacturing OR industry 4.0. Right now, the best answer is BOTH!
"To continually improve our process and maintain quality, we must evolve. We need to embrace intelligence and analytics to help us set new benchmarks, determine what works, what doesn’t, and what could work more effectively.
That doesn’t mean letting go of lean manufacturing. The lean mindset is invaluable when it comes to sustainability and education in manufacturing."
At UGN, one of our core operating principles is sustainability. That means minimizing waste to improve efficiency, add value, and refine the manufacturing process for our automotive products when and where we can. Lean manufacturing methodology is still considered a best practice in automotive manufacturing circles, despite increased Industry 4.0 adoption. It’s crucial to our success and that of many other successful, high-yield organizations. However, discussions going forward need to be more inclusive and integrated. More Lean and Industry 4.0, rather than Lean vs. Industry 4.0. Read More