Just-in-Time Production & Kanban

We’ve covered 5S Manufacturing processes and Cellular Manufacturing, so today’s focus is on another lean thinking method: Just-in-Time Production and Kanban. Introduction Just-in-Time Production or JIT, and cellular manufacturing are closely related, as a cellular production layout is typically a prerequisite for achieving Just-in-Time production. JIT leverages the cellular manufacturing layout to reduce significantly inventory and work-in-process (WIP).  JIT enables a company to produce … Read moreJust-in-Time Production & Kanban

Lean Cellular Manufacturing: Processing, Methods, Layouts, and Implementation

Cellular manufacturing helps reduce waste by reducing defects that result from processing and product changeovers. Since products or components move through a cell one piece at a time, operators can quickly identify and address defects. Autonomation (jidoka) in cellular systems helps prevent waste by signaling when defects occur.

The 5S System – Lean Thinking

Lean Manufacturing and the Environment From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Introduction Download the free 5S Hand-book PDF 5S is a system to reduce waste and optimize productivity through maintaining an orderly workplace using visual cues to achieve more consistent operational results. Implementation of this method “cleans up” and organizes the workplace basically in its … Read moreThe 5S System – Lean Thinking