Lean Manufacturing: Power Tools!
You have probably heard of Lean Manufacturing. Even so, you may be a bit confused as to what it encompasses, or you may be overwhelmed with all the terminology and techniques associated with Lean. If you have not heard much about Lean Manufacturing, you almost certainly have heard about Just-In-Time or the Toyota Production System, which are forerunners of Lean. In this chapter you will learn what Lean Manufacturing is all about, what it encompasses, and some of the terms and techniques used. As with the other tools in this book, the intent is not to teach you how to implement Lean in your company, but to provide you with enough information about Lean to evaluate it, especially in relation to the other tools presented. I will review just a few of the better known techniques and terms associated with Lean.