What You Need to Know About Lean Manufacturing
Lean Manufacturing is a philosophy of eliminating
non-value-adding operations, equipment, and resources. A
successful lean manufacturing effort will have significant impact on
the organization's performance.
Our Lean Manufacturing Resource Center has lots of
helpful information regardless of where your company is at in terms
of implementing Lean Manufacturing.
Lean Manufacturing Checklists and Forms
Many of these forms can be downloaded as Excel Spreadsheets or Word
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that focuses on Lean Manufacturing.
Lean or Six Sigma: Which Should You "Do?"
Lean and Six Sigma are
complementary philosophies. The difference in Lean and Six Sigma lie
primarily in the focus. The elimination of waste with Lean is fairly
similar to the reduction of variation in Six Sigma. However, Leanís
focus on improving workflows is perhaps the main differentiator. By
focusing on the workflows, lean efforts ensure that non-value-adding
aspects are removed from the value stream.
Lean efforts help make
sure that we are doing the right things. Six Sigma initiatives help
make sure we are doing the right things right.
So??? Which should *we* do?
are lots of good arguments for Lean and lots of good arguments for
Six Sigma. Some companies have even combined the concepts of
both calling what they "do" Lean Six Sigma. In our opinion,
which approach is best for a company depends on the company culture,
support from senior management for one or the other, and in-house
expertise. The important thing is that you "do" something that
encourages and facilitates continuous improvement, customer
satisfaction, and improved profitability.