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What Is Lean Manufacturing?

22nd November 2018

Lean manufacturing is a big buzzword in the industry – and with good reason. A belief system that has helped to propel manufacturing into an exciting new era, lean ideology is one of the most important and influential movements of our time.

Lean manufacturing is a big buzzword in the industry – and with good reason. A belief system that has helped to propel manufacturing into an exciting new era, lean ideology is one of the most important and influential movements of our time.

At The Manufacturing Institute, we’ve seen first-hand how it has transformed companies across the country. So, what is lean manufacturing?

This is one of the most-asked questions within the sector, from manufacturing students right the way across to business owners searching for ways to enhance their operations.

Anyone striving for better results will come across the lean approach at some point. It’s one of the most popular philosophies in modern manufacturing – and any business can embrace it.

What is lean manufacturing and how can it help businesses?

The main lean manufacturing principles are simple: maximise value and minimise waste. How this manifests itself, however, is a little more complicated.

Lean manufacturing isn’t merely a list of methods for added efficiency – it’s a new way of thinking and plays a considerable role in changing the culture of a company for the better. Lean organisations aren’t like other manufacturing businesses; they realign their focus so that customer value takes top priority. This is achieved through wasting as little as possible along the way.

Implementation, therefore, involves making changes from top to bottom. Processes need to be optimised wherever possible in order to reduce any type of waste whilst producing high-quality products and services for the customer.

Lean production and high profitability go hand in hand, and by embracing lean manufacturing methods, a business can begin to see better results for a lower cost in a shorter timeframe.

Learn how to implement lean culture

With The Manufacturing Institute, you can gain a deeper insight into efficient production practices with our lean manufacturing courses.

Our Accelerated Route To Lean Manufacturing course provides the necessary tools and knowledge to implement lean manufacturing techniques within a workplace and inspire excellent long-term results. The course is held over a period of ten weeks and covers a wide range of topics. They include:

  • Lean culture
  • Process mapping
  • Value stream identification
  • Problem-solving
  • Quality management
  • Plan building.

We also have two Six Sigma lean manufacturing courses available (Green Belt and Black Belt) as well as a Sologic Root Cause Analysis training scheme. Six Sigma is a set of management techniques designed to minimise error or wastage. Different colour belts symbolise the content covered in that particular course. Sologic Root Cause Analysis training focuses on the ability to solve problems in the workplace. It also helps you make better, evidence-based decisions.

You can learn more about our lean manufacturing training by heading over to our course page. If you have any further questions, our team will be more than happy to help. Just give us a call on +44 (0) 161 875 2525 or send a message via our online contact form.


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The Manufacturing Institute are actively involved in the Shingo prize for excellence - an award widely considered to be the Nobel Prize of manufacturing. With our help, organisations can grow and develop to the point where they meet, and even surpass, Shingo prize criteria standards.



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