Frequently Asked Questions
What is Lean?
- Lean focuses on processes and flow with effective management of inventory and materials.
- Emphasizes waste prevention – any extra time, labor, or material spent that does not add value to products or services.
What is Lean Manufacturing/Production?
Lean is the use of systematic tools to aid in the elimination of waste. Lean identifies waste as:
- Excess production
- Movement and transport
- Poor process design
- Inefficient performance of a process
- Product or process defects
Is Lean limited to manufacturing?
Although Lean originated from manufacturing, the solutions and tools can be used in any process that can be measured. Applying the principles of Lean, organizations can identify process waste and improve overall efficiencies.