Whether it is a major manufacturer or small make-to-order shop, having all of the right materials at the right place and at the right time, and in the hands of a trained worker, is the dream of every shop floor manager. Today, many manufacturers come closer to this dream through the incorporation of Lean manufacturing principals.
In a Lean system, the manufacturer strives to pull production from the consumer end in order to maximize value through the elimination of waste. That is to say, in the Lean system customer demand is used to advance the flow of shop resources/supplies and the delivery of product—on-hand inventories, and their associated value depreciations, are reduced if not eliminated. Manufacturing waste is purged from the process. (more…)