Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing principles anchor on customer value and continually seek to identify and eliminate non-value added activities in the production processes. Lean synchronizes and sequences these processes to customer demand by creating a smooth flow of material using pull based replenishment. Further, by creating a visual and standardized work environment, relevant and timely information provided to employees empowers them to rapidly diagnose and resolve issues thus improving their productivity, raising quality standards, and lowering production costs. Business value in increased manufacturing efficiency gained with Lean Manufacturing lies in higher inventory turns, lower lead times and improved customer service levels. Lean is a journey, and use of technology solutions is essential to sustain and scale the initiative not only within an enterprise but to extend the benefits to the supplier network.


In 2014, MESA released the Lean Manufacturing Strategic Initiative Guidebook Extract: The Role of Technology in the Lean Journey to the public here.

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As with all MESA guidebooks, this work is periodically updated to ensure the guidance provided is consistent with current technology and thought leadership.  The Lean Manufacturing Strategic Initiative Guidebook is currently being reviewed for the forthcoming revision; if you would like to contribute to this guidebook update, please contact Brandy Richardson (brandy@mesa.org).