Looking at how to do more with less? Do you need to improve your company’s lead time, process and productivity? Do you wish to eliminate waste and reduce cost but not sure how to do it? Discover how Lean can help you create precise customer value by delivering quality goods and services with less resources, time, human effort, space and capital. Lean (also known as Toyota Production System TPS) achieves this objective by focusing on what creates value for the customer and eliminating activities that do not create value.
Improve Velocity, Reduce Waste With Lean
Lean is about doing more with less. The 5 key Lean principles are as follows:
The 5 Key Lean Principles
Value – Specify value from the standpoint of the customer
Value stream – Identify all the steps in the value stream, and eliminate any step that does not create value
Flow – Make the remaining value-creating steps occur in a tight and integrated sequence so the product or service will flow smoothly toward the customer.
Pull – As flow is introduced, let customers pull value from the next upstream activity.
Pursue perfection – As these steps lead to greater transparency, enabling further elimination of waste, pursue perfection through continuous improvement.
(Reference: Lean Thinking, James Womack and Daniel Jones, 1996)
Benefits of Lean Implementation
Reduces waste or non value add activities
Improves velocity (lead time) – reduces delay and idle time
Reduces cost of operations
Improves customer satisfaction
Application of Lean in different industries and sectors
Lean has been implemented in both the manufacturing and service industries with great success. Some of the industries/ sectors are listed as follows:
MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) Operations
Public Service and Government
Application of Lean for business processes, office, administration and support processes
Lean is applicable not only to the core processes of both manufacturing and non-manufacturing (services), but also to office, administration and support processes including:
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