Lean manufacturing is a process which looks at reducing waste within the manufacturing chain. When implemented properly, lean manufacturing can help reduce inefficiency within the supply chain and improve costs. The lean manufacturing process has three key stages:

  • Identify where there is waste
  • Find out the root cause of this waste
  • Solve the root cause of waste

There are several ways to identify and reduce waste which are outlined below –

Manufacturing Methods I – Process Types

Manufacturing Process types: Job shop, Batch, Repetitive and Continuous

Manufacturing Methods II – Operating Models

The seven types of waste, the Toyota production system, eliminating waste in manufacturing processes, Kaizen and continuous improvement

Lean Manufacturing I – Eliminating Waste

Why JIT?, MRP vs JIT, Kanban


Lean Manufacturing II –  The Value Stream

Approaches to quality control, measuring quality, quality control through inspection, six sigma process.

Lean Manufacturing III

5S, Continuous Improvement: Kaizen, PDCA, and
Lean Culture: Respect for People, Empowerment, Cross-training, and Gemba Walks.

Six Sigma I

Defining quality, the Taguchi loss  function, the DMAIC methodology, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA).

Six Sigma II

The ‘Define’ and ‘Measure’ phases of the DMAIC methodology.

Six Sigma III

The ‘Analyse’, ‘Improve’ and ‘Control’ phases of the DMAIC methodology.

Managing Constraints I

The Five Focusing Steps (Methods for identifying and eliminating constraints in the manufacturing process, such as bottleneck capacity).

Managing Constraints II

Managing constraints means focusing on the goal of a manufacturing organization – to make money.
This is part 2 of 2 of the Managing Constraints series of courses.
This course shows you how to apply the final four steps of the managing constraints process; Exploit, Subordinate, Elevate and Repeat.
Learn practical steps to improving throughput such as when to perform quality checks, how to plan production, how to decide on batch sizes, and why reducing set-up time is important.

Total Quality Management (TQM)

Ensuring quality at source, continuously improving quality

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Adding business value through effective maintenance of equipment


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