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The Top 5 Must-Read Articles on Lean Manufacturing

Updated March 19, 2021


Understanding the value of lean manufacturing, how to build a lean manufacturing shop and how to profit from it is a critical learning for shops that want to compete for jobs, and not rely on underbidding to win new contracts!

To save you time searching for information on the value of lean manufacturing, we’d like to share with you our top five articles that will help you understand the value of implementing a lean process in your shop. 

These articles come from Modern Machine Shop, GlobalTranz, and, and they cover how to grow, measure and use lean manufacturing principles, as well as the key benefits.


The Top 5 Lean Manufacturing Articles

1.) Lean Manufacturing: Is It Really Worth It? 16 Big Benefits Say, "Yes" (GlobalTranz)

"Customer expectations of reliable quality and rapid delivery forces today's manufacturers to either shorten cycle times or lose business. Customers simply switch suppliers when others are more capable of delivering within their preferred timeframes."

2.) Applying The Principles of Lean Manufacturing to Engineering (

"The concept of lean manufacturing is commonplace in the automotive industry. In this article we explore how Dearborn Mid-West Company (DMC), a manufacturer of automotive assembly lines, applied lean principles to their engineering processes."

Lean Manufacturing Used in Engineering

3.) What Lean Looks Like (Modern Machine Shop)

"How do you know if your manufacturing facility is truly “lean”? Succeeding at lean entails establishing a lean culture in which the tools for becoming more lean are pervasive throughout the organization."

4.) Lean Manufacturing Is No Less Important (Modern Machine Shop)

"There are a variety of new production technologies coming onto the scene, but lean manufacturing should remain a shop’s underpinning."

Lean Scheduling Process

5.) Going Lean In Order To Grow (Modern Machine Shop)

One shop has a plan for dramatically expanding its contract machining business in high-value markets and to do this they are implementing lean manufacturing processes to reduce downtime and increase production output. 


Lean Success Stories for Further Reading:

Enabling Operational Visibility Results in Millions in Additional Capacity

Matt Townsend, an OEE Director at Avalign Technologies was able to increase OEE by 30% by identifying and eliminating costly production bottlenecks.

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How Real-Time Production Data Creates a Bottom-Line Impact

Denis Mursoi, a Continuous Improvement Manager at Morgan Olson shares how he switched from a paper-based data collection method to autonomous machine data collection, improving decision-making significantly.

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Aligning Production Planning and Execution by Identifying Hidden Capacity

Industrial Engineer Jordan Kathe of Flexco knew his team required an accurate understanding of production metrics to optimize their planning and ensuring on-time delivery. After implementing MachineMetrics, Flexco was able to collect, standardize, and analyze production data within a matter of days to pinpoint key opportunities for improvement.

Read the Full Story >>>


To learn more about lean manufacturing and how your company can improve your production processes and increase profits book a demo today. At MachineMetrics our machine monitoring and manufacturing analytics solution helps companies improve their lean processes by helping them make faster, more informed decisions in real-time.



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