If a company wants to fully understand what lean manufacturing is, it should first familiarize itself with some of the prominent technical terms linked to it.
Don't let these words scare you off.
This is a pull method that makes use of color-coded cards attached to parts to be able to ensure the smooth flow of the production process. A 'pull method' simply means the customer's interest is foremost, instead of you as the manufacturer dictating what the consumer should have.
This involves the linking manual and machine operation to achieve the most efficient and cost-effective combination that would extract maximum value from a certain activity and method while reducing wastes at the same time. Cellular manufacturing is usually U-shaped and flows in a single pattern.
This is what the customers are willing to pay for product or service. It is the responsibility of the lean manufacturing strategy to deliver what the customer wants exactly.
This is identified by the customers' rate of demand. The take time is what sets the production pace and matches it with how badly consumers need the product delivered to them. It is often referred to as the heartbeat of lean manufacturing systems.
This involves the replacement only of goods that have been used up or depleted.
In today's business environment, businesses must run as efficient as possible because customers have more companies to choose from -
will your company be their choice?