The concept of Lean manufacturing was first seen in Japan, originally developed by the Toyota Motor Co. based on concepts pioneered by Henry Ford. The concepts, tools and techniques went through a lot of testing before they were accepted. Lean manufacturing means manufacturing without waste. Waste takes many forms and can be found at any time and in any place. It may be found hidden in policies, procedures, processes and product designs and in operations. Waste consumes resources but does not add any value to the product.
This guide examines the impact of leveraging proven Lean principles and identifying the eight wastes of manufacturing, and how several manufacturers eradicated these wastes.