Lean manufacturing methodology provides a standard for operational excellence. Lean strategy enables you to change for the better, ensuring your processes are as streamlined as possible and costs are kept to a minimum, while quality and speed of production are maintained.
In this book we will consider how lean principles can be applied specifically in relation to the manufacturing industry. It is in manufacture that the lean methodology has its roots – with the central tenets first developed by automotive industry giants Toyota and Ford. Manufacture is also the arena of business in which lean methodologies are most widely incorporated and well established.