What is Lean Manufacturing?
For those of you involved in industry and manufacturing, please read this blog carefully, as there is a lot from which you can learn that may help you reduce, and perhaps even prevent or eliminate excess waste. There is a term known as lean manufacturing, also called lean production, which refers to manufacturing processes and considers the expenditure of manufacturing resources for anything other than the direct goal accomplishment, which is considered the actual creation of value for the end user, to be wasteful. Because any expenditure of manufacturing resources that does not directly relate to the creation of value for the end user is determined to be waste, it must be immediately targeted for elimination. In case you are unsure of what exactly is considered “value,” the “value” as it pertains to lean manufacturing is any action, process, or culmination of work for which a customer or client will be willing to pay. Essentially, what lean manufacturing is trying to accomplish is preserving the value of a finished product while simultaneously reducing the work needed to achieve value.
The philosophy of lean manufacturing is actually derived from the Toyota Production System, developed by its management in the 1990’s. Because of how successful Toyota’s automotive production system has performed over the last couple of decades, more attention has been placed on lean manufacturing as a successful tool in the manufacturing process. One of the most profitable outcomes of lean manufacturing is the saving of materials that are not expendable whatsoever, yet are still wasted during the manufacturing process for what really boils down to unfocused manufacturing procedures. Manufacturing materials are expensive; therefore, the wasting of materials creates additional expenditures that can be prevented through implementing the lean manufacturing methodology. The saving of materials, which can be done through manufacturing process modifications, allows a manufacturing plant to use those materials for other operations, instead of losing those materials to waste. The modification of the manufacturing process ultimately makes the entire process more efficient, from which the entire process can benefit.
Jessup Manufacturing believes in lean manufacturing, especially now that we live in an age where much more awareness is involved regarding the saving of resources, and incorporating methods of manufacturing and production that are more efficient, more economical, less waste producing, eco friendly, and produces less of a carbon footprint. Because lean manufacturing achieves an element of everything mentioned in the previous sentence, all manufacturing and production plants can largely benefit from instilling the mantra of lean manufacturing into its business mission and goals. Jessup can help you reach your lean goals through their custom coating and laminating services. Contact a Jessup consultant today to get assistance with improving your manufacturing process.