34. Lean Manufacturing Initiatives: Basics, Benefits and Obstacles

Download this episode (right click and save) Lean philosophy originated from the Toyota Production System (TPS). Lean manufacturing is a systematic method for the elimination of waste within a manufacturing system. InTouch Client Manager John Niggl and Client Manager Chao Wang walk you through what it means to be "lean" and obstacles many factories face when trying to implement lean initiatives. In this manufacturing podcast episode, you'll learn about:
  • The origin of lean manufacturing and what it is,
  • The benefits of lean manufacturing and
  • Why most lean initiatives often fail.
All of your suppliers are probably aware of lean manufacturing. But most in developing countries implement few, if any, lean initiatives within their own operations. This is one reason why third-party inspection is so important if you are manufacturing. And if you’d prefer to read the article that covers this topic instead, check out Lean Manufacturing Initiatives.
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