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Operations Management: Processes and Supply Chains, 12th Edition by Larry P. Ritzman, Manoj K. Malhotra, Lee J. Krajewski

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6 Lean Systems

Learning Goals

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  1. Describe how lean systems can facilitate the continuous improvement of processes.

  2. Identify the strategic supply chain and process characteristics of lean systems.

  3. Explain the differences between one-worker, multiple-machine (OWMM) and group technology (GT) approaches to lean system layouts.

  4. Understand Kanban systems for creating a production schedule in a lean system.

  5. Understand value stream mapping and its role in waste reduction.

  6. Explain the implementation issues associated with the application of lean systems.

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