October 2016

Does Lean manufacturing work in job shops and machine shops?

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In short, no, Lean manufacturing and lean scheduling for high mix low volume doesn’t work.  Not for scheduling a custom job shop or machine shop. Job Shop Production Why?  Lean manufacturing was developed most notably in Toyota.  In Toyota’s environment lots of the same car are produced for several years until the model changes.  Lean was developed for repetitive manufacturing. (More information on […]

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