Lean production is a manufacturing philosophy and management approach. It emphasizes the elimination of waste and continuous improvement. It was first developed by the Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan in the 1940s and 1950s. Since, it has been adopted by many other companies and industries around the world.
The goal of lean production is to optimize efficiency and minimize waste in every aspect of the production process:
- from sourcing raw materials
- to delivering finished products to customers.
This is achieved through a variety of methods, including:
- Just-in-time (JIT) production: JIT involves producing goods only when they are needed, rather than in large batches. This helps to reduce inventory costs and minimize waste.
- Kaizen: Kaizen is a continuous improvement process that involves everyone in the organization, from the CEO to the front-line workers, in identifying and eliminating waste and inefficiencies.
- Kanban: Kanban is a visual management tool that helps to ensure that the right materials and products are available at the right time, and in the right quantities.
- Andon: Andon is a system that enables workers to quickly identify and address production issues, such as defects or equipment breakdowns.
- Poka-yoke: Poka-yoke is a technique for preventing errors by designing processes and systems in a way that makes it impossible for mistakes to occur.
Overall, lean production aims to create a highly efficient, flexible, and responsive production system that can quickly adapt to changes in customer demand and market conditions.
myScore solution is designed for lean production as its features include:
- capture of data from the production environment,
- real time indicators and alerts
- easy to design dashboards to follow the lean process evolution in the factory
- easy to use operator screens to gather data from within the field