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Lean Manufacturing: weg met verspilling

Essentially, Lean Manufacturing is nothing more than delivering high-quality products or services at the lowest possible cost. Lean Manufacturing was developed from a logistics point of view, just like Quick Response Manufacturing and the Theory of Constraints. Generally, there is a chain of activities from administration to production. Within this chain, operations can run smoothly provided there are no waiting times or intermediate and final stocks. One of the basic principles of Lean Manufacturing - also known as ‘Lean Production’ - is the creation of an optimal flow.


Optimising the value stream

Initially, Lean Manufacturing was used in organisations with a production process that consists of a series of consecutive steps. In these organisations there are many different wastage sources that can be eliminated, specifically if the organisation is part of a logistics chain. The ultimate goal of Lean Manufacturing is to optimise the value chain within the organisation. Value creation for the end client takes centre stage. All other activities are considered a waste of time, including the supply chain and certain production or administrative processes. From an organisational point of view, Lean Manufacturing requires a great effort. Problems must be tackled and everyone should assist in doing so.


Lean Manufacturing step by step

The Lean Manufacturing Cycle comprises five steps:
  1. Determine the value of each product (family) for the client.
  2. Use Value Stream Mapping (VSM) to determine which business processes provide added value and which ones don’t. Then eliminate production losses, such as overproduction, production faults, stocks, manufacturing disruptions, transport, waiting times, searches and untapped talent.
  3. Create a flow of materials and semi-finished products throughout the factory. A machine stop results in intermediate stocks, which, in turn, lead to wastage.
  4. Generate a ‘pull’ by making production a demand-driven process. Manufacturing a product the client has not (yet) asked for equals wastage.
  5. Repeat these steps to achieve smooth operations.

MyPlantFloor for a more efficient manufacturing process

An OEE software solution can result in a more efficient, and mainly consistent, production process, which is a condition for Lean Manufacturing. MyPlantFloor  is a perfect example of such a solution. MyPlantFloor combines OEE improvement software and order administration into one system which will boost efficiency for you and your staff. Moreover, MyPlantFloor can be integrated with MyLeanWarehouse , a WMS system with built-in KANBAN methods.


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