Lean manufacturing has stood the test of time as an effective way to increase efficiency in manufacturing.
Tech Target defines lean manufacturing as, "A methodology that focuses on minimizing waste within manufacturing systems while simultaneously maximizing productivity."
If that's not convincing enough, today we will discuss two reasons why lean manufacturing really works!
Reason 1: Lean manufacturing minimizes waste
There are 8 wastes defined in lean manufacturing that lean manufacturing strategies work to minimize.
Plant Services has an easy way to remember them! They said, "The types of wastes found in lean manufacturing can be identified by the acronym DOWNTIME, which stands for Defects, Overproduction, Waiting, Non-utilized talent, Transportation, Inventory excess, Motion, and Excess processing."
If you cut down on waste in all of those categories, imagine how much time and money you could save your business.
Reason 2: You're always improving
Lean manufacturing is a journey, not a destination. You're never really done! It's just part of the process.
Kettering Online said, "Continuous improvement is an active, intentional practice, ideally one that is honed across an entire organization. To provide structure to their continuous improvement practice, many organizations choose to follow a continuous improvement model."
With lean manufacturing, don't make your end goal to be completely done with lean. Instead, reach for a maintenance state where you're caught up, but still looking for more ways to become more efficient.
Leaning into lean manufacturing and continuous improvement starts with a commitment to pay attention. Analyze every area where your manufacturing can cut down on waste and increase efficiency!