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What is Lean?

The core idea of implementing lean in an organization is actually quite simple – relentlessly work on eliminating waste from the processes.

So what is waste? Waste is defined as any activity that does not add value from the customer’s perspective. According to research conducted by the Lean Enterprise Research Centre (LERC), 60% of production activities in a typical manufacturing operation are waste – they add no value at all for the customer. 

Why Lean?

Lean  improves efficiency, reduces waste, and increases productivity. The benefits, therefore, are manifold:

  • Increased product quality: Improved efficiency frees up employees and resources for innovation and quality control that would have previously been wasted.
  • Improved lead times: As manufacturing processes are streamlined, businesses can better respond to fluctuations in demand and other market variables, resulting in fewer delays and better lead times.
  • Sustainability: Less waste and better adaptability makes for a business that’s better equipped to thrive well into the future.
  • Employee satisfaction: Workers know when their daily routine is bloated or packed with unnecessary work, and it negatively affects morale. Lean manufacturing boosts not only productivity, but employee satisfaction.
  • Increased profits: And, of course, more productivity with less waste and better quality ultimately makes for a more profitable company
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