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Activities eliminated by Lean and Just-in-Time Manufacturing

  • mistakes and defects that require rectification
  • over-production of unwanted products (products for which there is no immediate requirement)
  • in-process inventories (i.e. work-in-progress)
  • processing steps that aren't actually needed
  • unnecessary movements of people and goods
  • waiting for equipment or up-stream processes
  • poor design of goods and services

Lean Manufacturing and Just-in-Time Manufacturing involve the removal of all unnecessary costs. Waste elimination is translated into customer satisfaction (improved performance, quality, cost, delivery, etc).

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Bicheno, J., Cause and Effect JIT: The Essentials of Lean Manufacturing, 2nd Edition, PICSIE Books, Buckingham, England, 1994 (ISBN 0 9513829 5 0)

Womack, J.P. and Jones, D.T, Lean Thinking, Simon & Schuster, New York, USA, 1996 (ISBN 0-684-81035-2)

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