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Lean Manufacturing: Reaping the Rewards of Lean through Response Management
For years, manufacturers have been driven by sales forecasts and the need to maximize production efficiency at every level of operation. But in order to be

lean factory  as you can make, lean manufacturing produces what your customer wants with much shorter lead times. Instead of pushing product through the factory and on to market, it's pulled through a system set up to respond quickly to actual customer demand. Lean organizations are capable of producing high-quality products economically, in lower volumes, and bringing them to market faster than mass producers. A lean organization can make twice as much product with twice the quality, at half the cost, with half the

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The Next R(E)volution of Lean


By seeing a business as a "value system" for customers, companies can shift lean strategic priorities towards growth-oriented targets instead of cost-cutting. Instead of squeezing additional margins to boost the bottom line, lean philosophy can increase demand response and sales, while maintaining and lowering cost per unit—thus enabling lower prices, a competitive edge, and more business.

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Bring Your Manufacturing out of the Dark: The Route to a Factory Information System


Today’s manufacturing environment requires a relentless drive for cost reduction and efficiency gains. Initiatives like lean and six sigma can bring sustainable improvements. To make these initiatives work, you need to base operational decisions on data rather than intuition and experience. But is your data always available and accurate? Find out how a factory information system can help bring your data out of hiding.

lean factory  efficiency gains. Initiatives like lean and six sigma can bring sustainable improvements. To make these initiatives work, you need to base operational decisions on data rather than intuition and experience. But is your data always available and accurate? Find out how a factory information system can help bring your data out of hiding. Read More

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Manual versus Information Technology Enabled Lean Manufacturing


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Lean Manufacturing Training: A Project Approach


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Extending Lean Initiatives across the Organization


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