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Back to Basics – Understanding Lean Manufacturing

Back to Basics | Published 02/01/20
The core idea behind Lean manufacturing is actually a very simple one, continuously work on eliminating waste from your processes. This is what Lean manufacturing really is all about, evaluating each and every step of your production and determining what elements are adding value and what are waste.
This guide explains:
  • What is Lean?
  • What is waste?
  • Principles of Lean Manufacturing
  • Using The PDCA Cycle
  • Using Visual Management for Problem Solving
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Craig Wilkinson – Network Rail

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