<img height="1" width="1" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=163851757554412&amp;ev=PageView &amp;noscript=1">

Lean Manufacturing Tools: The Basics to Understand

January 22, 2014

 by Renaud Anjoran

Colleagues surrounding a white board figuring out a problem

Lean manufacturing is a new approach to manufacturing that emerged slowly over hundreds of years.

It allows a factory to cut costs by reducing waste. This hunt for waste does not include only unnecessary steps, but also defects and waiting times.

The result is an operation that is performing at a higher level than its competitors, not only regarding costs control but also quality, lead times, and minimum order quantities.

The most famous engineer associated with lean manufacturing is Taiichi Ohno, who ran countless experiments at Toyota from the 1950s to the 1970s, and put together a superior production system.

As he wrote, “all we are doing is looking at the time line, from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are reducing that time line by removing the non-value added wastes.”

How Can a Manufacturer Reap the Benefits of Lean?

  • It should focus a lot of efforts on simplifying the flow of materials and information.
  • It should improve its processes and train its people in the new philosophy of work.

Naturally, the factory will have a priority (typically, cost or quality), and specific steps should be advised by experienced consultants based on the current condition of operations.

However, the logic to follow is relatively constant. See how to reap the benefits of lean manufacturing.


22 Signs Of Good Factory Management in China eBook

Topics: Lean Manufacturing

Renaud Anjoran

Renaud Anjoran

15 years experience in China.
Partner, China Manufacturing Consultants.
Worked with hundreds of factories in China.
Certifications: ASQ CQE & CRE; ISO 9001 & 14001 lead auditor.
Author of well-read blog, Quality Inspection Tips.

Subscribe to receive CMC tips & resources

Related articles

How to Avoid Production Bottlenecks with Lean Methods and Tools

Renaud Anjoran

Read More

Lean Manufacturing: How Excessive Inventory Is Harming Your Factory

Renaud Anjoran

Read More

How to Optimise Your Lean Manufacturing Training for Chinese Factories

Renaud Anjoran

Read More