lean manufacturing

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lean manufacturing

[¦lēn ‚man·ə′fak·chər·iŋ]
(industrial engineering)
A production system consisting of manufacturing cells linked together with a functionally integrated system for inventory and production control that uses less of the key resources needed to make goods.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Lean operations can help you "clean up" some processes and make things look much more attractive in the short run.
With Lean operations in place, constantly reducing efficiencies is part of your everyday workflow.
If Lean operations can work in any size company, what does it look like?
Metrics make Lean operations go, and you need the right model in place to make them effective.
Without a doubt, committing to Lean operations and its methodologies is a long, involved process.
Borrowing a page from the manufacturing industry's principles of lean operations, the "bill of materials" approach, the insurer began applying common standards to calculate actuarial ratings for a variety of life insurance products.
The concept of lean operations is becoming increasingly popular and beginning to filter into many nonmanufacturing applications.
In light of these recent trends, it is useful to step back and precisely define what is meant by the terms lean and lean operations both to discuss what it was initially intended to achieve and to assess how well it is currently achieving these objectives.
Second, the phenomenon loosely known as lean or lean operations will be clearly defined through a thorough search of the literature.
I will discuss and then clearly define the normative purposes of business and the concept known as lean operations. Once these terms have been clearly defined, a conceptual mediating model that illustrates the mechanisms through which lean operations affect business purposes will be presented.
It is this very theme that will be used as the lens through which to evaluate and assess lean operations and its impact on meaningful work.
Because it is widely acknowledged that lean operations have had a very positive effect on the provision of goods and services, this article will focus on how well lean operations have helped to fulfill the second of Van Duzer's primary intrinsic business purposes--providing opportunities for meaningful work.