Does Lean Manufacturing Work for Small-Run Job Shops?
October 30, 2013
Lean manufacturing tends to be associated with large-scale, mass-production manufacturing. But can smaller-scale job shops benefit from such process-improvement programs as well? Shahrukh Irani Most manufacturers, though, are smaller enterprises. Nearly three-quarters of manufacturing firms have fewer than 20 employees, according to data from the U.S. Census bureau The Lean Enterprise Institute In the 1980s, Womack coined the term "lean" to describe the thinking behind Toyota's highly-successful Toyota Production System
- Jidoka, a Japanese term referring to the TPS rule requiring that the production line come to halt when a problem occurs to prevent the production of defective products.
- Just-in-time, meaning that the firm makes only what is needed, when it is needed, and in the amount needed.