What is lean? The following definition is from the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership website, http://www.omep.org:
A systematic approach for delivering the highest quality, lowest cost products with the shortest lead-times through the relentless elimination of waste.
The eights wastes that accompanied this definition include:
- Non-Value-Added Processing
- Excess Inventory
- Excess Motion
- Underutilized People
It is very easy to become overwhelmed by the incredible amount of information on the subject of Lean. I always like to refer back to the basic tenets of lean to keep things in perspective.
Until Next Time – STAY lean!