Simplifying Lean Manufacturing

There are a lot of buzz words to keep track of these days. In the manufacturing world, it seems, no term is bandied about more nowadays than lean manufacturing. It’s become jargon for engineers. But what does it really mean in plain English?

A visit to the Lean Enterprise Institute website spells out the basics of the “lean” philosophy: “The core idea is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. Simply, lean means creating more value for customers with fewer resources.”
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