What is Lean Manufacturing?

Lean manufacturing or lean production, often simply, "Lean," is a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination. Working from the perspective of the customer who consumes a product or service, "value" is defined as any action or process that a customer would be willing to pay for. Basically, lean is centered on preserving value with less work. Lean manufacturing is a generic process management philosophy. It is renowned for its focus on reduction of the original Toyota seven wastes to improve overall customer value, but there are varying perspectives on how this is best achieved.


Lean manufacturing is a variation on the theme of efficiency based on optimizing flow; it is a present-day instance of the recurring theme in human history toward increasing efficiency, decreasing waste, and using empirical methods to decide what matters, rather than uncritically accepting pre-existing ideas.

The problem:

Lean production encompasses a number of concepts and associated details that must be studied and mastered in order to be implemented. Unfortunately, lean manufacturing concepts and detail are not taught in most engineering and business schools. The methodologies will have to be provided almost solely by other vehicles, such as conferences, professional meetings, and in-house courses. Of these, in-house courses are the most important because sufficient time is available to instruct at a detailed level and to use examples from the in-house plant to help the students relate to their own operations.


Many organizations do not have enough knowledgeable people with sufficient experience to initially teach the in-house courses effectively.


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The solution:

Encona is holding a large experience in implementing lean manufacturing systems for companies around the world.


If you are interested in one of the following subjects, you should definately talk to us!


You want to increase your product quality and decrease your defect rates in production?


You want to lower your operational costs by reducing manufacturing lead time?


You must increase your manufacturing productivity to stay competitive?


You must improve your waste to profit relationship by eliminating unproductive activities?


You want to save money by managing reduced inventory?


You want to enhance overall manufacturing flexibility?


You want to ensure a saver work environment?


You want to improve your employee morale?


You want to reduce unfavourable practices and behaviours of both the employees and the management in order to achieve culture improvements?