LEAN MANUFACTURING TOOLS - A QUICK SUMMARY
Our team recently came across an article that is really more of an infographic on the topic of Lean Manufacturing Tools. It is an excellent resource and tool to explain some of the essential Lean tools which can be used in manufacturing. The name of the article is, "32 Essential Lean Manufacturing Tools"and although it was published a couple of years ago, its relevance continues to hold true. As a "manufacturer" of new buildings (and building additions or remodels), we understand the necessity of having a streamlined process, and use many Lean tools. Our team selected our "Favorite Five" from the list and would like to share some of the reasons these are our favorites and how we utilize these tools with our business.
Before we dig into our "Favorite Five", we wanted to offer a quick summary of Lean, for those of our readers who would like to learn about the basics. According to the Lean Enterprise Institute, “The core idea [of lean] is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. Simply, lean means creating more value for customers with fewer resources.”
Per the Lean Enterprise Institute, “Lean applies in every business and every process…A lean organization understands customer value and focuses its key processes to continuously increase it. The ultimate goal is to provide perfect value to the customer through a perfect value creation process that has zero waste.”
You may visit our Lean Principles page for more information on the basics of Lean.