Value – Value is always defined based on customers’ requirements. It may be the product specification, timeline, or price. All should precisely indicate a specific value for a specific product.
Value Stream – This is for Identifying the value stream for each product. A production process will have multiple steps. Each step needs to be defined and mapped with the end product. Anything found to be unnecessary is to be pruned. This keeps the process lean and minimizes the wastage of any resources.
Check Flow – Once the unnecessary steps are removed, the process should be tested for any bottleneck or disturbances. The remaining steps should have a smooth flow without any interruption. The flow starting from the raw material to the end-user should be seamless. There is a need for a lot of cross-functional exchange of information. It improves the efficiency of the process significantly.
Pull – The production and logistics should be such that customers always get a good pull of material. The material should be available as per the requirement of the customer. The customer should not be required to keep unnecessary stocks. The pressure on his inventory must be less. Lean management of manufacturers should help their customers with increased efficiency.
Perfection – All the above steps are needed in perfect synchronization with each other. They become effective when there is perfection in the approach. Every step should be followed with precision and objectivity to make the system achieve its goal of lean management.
Indian industry has also adopted a lean manufacturing system in its true spirit.
Lean manufacturing is prevalent in the Indian automobile sector, steel production, and defense production.
Many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) could successfully adopt a lean manufacturing system. Implementation of lean will boost the ‘make in India’ initiative of the country.
The process of lean manufacturing is going to stay.
Lean is adding value to both consumers and manufacturers through waste elimination.
The model is environment-friendly.
By maximizing resource utilization the lean process becomes more sustainable.
The industry has seen the benefit of the lean process and will continue to focus on this.
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