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 Lean Enterprise Overview

A lean enterprise is an integrated entity which efficiently creates value for its multiple stakeholders by employing lean principles and practices. (Reference: Lean Initiative Aerospace, MIT)

lean enterprise

Lean Manufacturing: A systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste (non-value added activities) through continuous improvement by flowing the product at the pull of the customer in pursuit of perfection. (Reference: NIST Lean Network)

Lean tools are depicted in a Lean Manufacturing Tool Relations Diagram (See the diagram here)

Value Stream Mapping
Standardized Work
5S Visual Management
Cellular Layout
Quick Changeover
Single piece flow
Leveled Scheduling
Total Productive Maintenance
Kanban Pull System
Poka-Yoke & Jidoko

Lean Product Design: Applying lean thinking to remove waste from all aspects of the product and associated development process before it ever gets to downstream processes and maximizing customer values through knowledge-based, set-based, concurrent, etc designs.

Lean Supply Chain: Involved the planning, executing, and designing across multiple supply chain partners to deliver products of the right design, in the right quantity, at the right place, at the right time. A lean supply chain uses lean manufacturing principles and Rate Based Planning and Execution (RBPE).

Lean Accounting/Costing: Concepts designed to better reflect the financial performance of a company that has implemented lean manufacturing processes. These may include organizing costs by value stream, changing valuation techniques and modifying financial statements to include non-financial information. (Reference: AICPA)

Lean Support Center: Customer-centric service operations such as call center, field service, returns processing center, etc., shall demonstrate world-class capability to support own end-users and their clients with the best quality at lowest cost. Lean tools can be employed to improve service metrics, such as cycle time, response time to customer inquiry, etc.

Lean Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO): is the application of lean in maintenance environments, philosophies, tools and techniques. It has the same goals as the lean manufacturing: eliminating wasted time, effort and resulting cost while improving throughput and quality.


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