Chapter 7

Lean Productivity Enhancements and Waste Elimination Through Emerging Technology

The past three decades have witnessed the concept of lean as a systematic transformation process philosophy gain greater understanding. It is well understood that lean is a systematic philosophy for achieving productivity enhancements through waste elimination.1 Benefits achieved through application of the lean principles, practices, and tools are well documented. Oft-cited benefits attributed to lean applications are lower costs, higher quality, faster order response times, and enhanced transformation process flexibility.2

The true understanding of lean’s originations has been somewhat distorted by some suggesting that the roots of lean emanated from ...

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