Issue10 eMagazine v2 - Flipbook - Page 8
Tips for Continuous Improvement
Strategies in Lean Manufacturing
Manufacturers continually invest time, money and
other resources into research and development. They
are also working innovators ready to introduce or
embrace new technologies and other developments
that support their goal of improving productivity and
saving on costs.
This is where lean manufacturing comes in – where
streamlining processes for greater efficiency is a
consistent goal. By their very nature, lean
organisations practise continuous improvement – that
way of looking at methods and processes and finding
ways to refine or improve them.
Continuous improvement not only offers efficiency
gains but also eliminates waste and even possible cost
Benefits of Lean Manufacturing
Lean manufacturing benefits both the manufacturer
and the consumer. For the manufacturer, lean
manufacturing results in:
• Better products: Process efficiency gives
employees freedom to innovate or work on higher
level mental tasks that benefit the company.
Resources will also be better invested in innovation
projects and quality control.
• Improvement in lead times: Streamlining
manufacturing processes allows businesses to
better manage market fluctuations in demand
resulting in improved lead times.
• Better inventory turns: When there is less
pending work and inventory, you also have less
capital tied up.