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Old 27th July 2006, 10:01 AM
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Re: Lean Manufacturing - Discussion on Concepts

Is this where I get to post the Ferengi Rules of acquisition???

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Old 27th July 2006, 11:03 AM
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Re: Lean Manufacturing - Discussion on Concepts

Thanks for your replies.can anyone give me a conclusion of WHY? -lean.is this equation correct.

if lean=reduce waste+reduce inventory+improve quality+..
then lean=profit.

sudarsan
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Old 27th July 2006, 11:17 AM
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Is this where I get to post the Ferengi Rules of acquisition???

Already have them and they've already been posted...acouple of years ago.
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Old 27th July 2006, 11:23 AM
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Thanks for your replies.can anyone give me a conclusion of WHY? -lean.is this equation correct.

if lean=reduce waste+reduce inventory+improve quality+..
then lean=profit.

sudarsan
Yes, you are more right than wrong. A good organization could then pass some of the increased profitability from their "lean" back to cutomers/consumers if it chose to. This would be a Win-Win which I believe is how business and other relationships should be.

Study business/finance a bit and try to figure how as an engineer you can incorporate its tenets into your field of endeavor.

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Old 9th August 2006, 07:11 PM
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Re: Lean Manufacturing - Discussion on Concepts

If lean was just about profit, then how come we're all not out there selling drugs on the black market?

if lean=reduce waste+reduce inventory+improve quality+..
then lean=profit.

This is not a valid equation.

If you were the most lean company in the world, and you sold the least expensive, on time deliveried VHS tapes . . . would you still be in buisiness?

Lean balance's the elimination of waste, human motion, strategic planning, team work, and company goals/focus.

Not just the elimination of waste.

The elimination of waste is the philosophy of Kaizen . . . TPS incompasses, TQC, TPM and the associated tools that go with them.

The identification of waste is an identification of Kaizen oppertunity.
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Old 9th August 2006, 09:09 PM
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Re: Lean Manufacturing - Discussion on Concepts

Why ? lean ......
Moden days we all make the mistake we think we should go lean because it will save us money becase it will improve our perfomance. so what happens? We all tend to look at "low hannging fruit" or the "quick wins" in an effort to get some quick benefits. WE RUN kAIZENS
The issue I would like to get people thinking about is can you Kaizen your way to lean ?
My answer is no, lean is a journey of many steps its a culture change. Its a way of thinking / DOING. so kaizens work for the period you want it to to work then it falls away back to where you were ...why?
Its to do with needing to change there has to be a big driving force. not a top management I want this done. you need change and you need people with in the system to realise you need this change. then only you can take the first true steps towards lean.
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Old 9th August 2006, 09:12 PM
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In Reply to Parent Post by sudarsan

Thanks for your replies.can anyone give me a conclusion of WHY? -lean.is this equation correct.

if lean=reduce waste+reduce inventory+improve quality+..
then lean=profit.

sudarsan
It's very important to understand lean is not Profit but Profit can/will be a result of lean. lean is building Value for your customer / employees.
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Old 10th August 2006, 09:23 AM
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Re: Lean Manufacturing - Discussion on Concepts

I would have to agree with Randy, all companies are about PROFIT and the bottom line. Things are not done out of the goodness of heart but to increase the bottom line and are marketed as "kinder, gentler". Everything goes to the bottom line! Sad but true, most companies have the "Git-R-Done" attitude. We have had several companies do Lean as a result of decline in market (grasping at straws) and discontinued it and many are no longer out there. Lean in my opnion is an excellent way of operating if we do it correctly. The "Why" - to make processes Simpler, Easier and Better to become more competitive and increase the cash flow. Had one company that was small and decided to implement Lean. I had asked what it had done and he said increased business and when things slowed the cash flow damage was not as bad as it was in past slow-downs.
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