Lean production, or lean manufacturing, is a type of manufacturing that helps a manufacturer eliminate any wasteful practices that go on during their manufacturing process. The main point of lean production using less work but at the same time creating more value.
Toyota is one of the companies that uses lean production. Muda, mura, and muri are the three different types of waste that Toyota recognizes in manufacturing and tries to eliminate through lean manufacturing. Muda is a type of waste that consists of work that is done that does not add value. Mura is a type of waste that is “unevenness” or when there is not a good flow during production and muri is waste that means “overburden” or when there is too much to do.
How to become an agile manufacturer
To become an agile manufacturer, a manufacturer will need to research their customers, specifically looking at the time the customers will be willing to wait for the product. The manufacturer also needs to look at the amount of time it takes for them to get the supplies they need to create their products.
When a manufacturer’s suppliers are quick to bring supplies, the manufacturer can have a good shot at using lean manufacturing (or lean production). And if the customers do not want to wait very long for their products, an agile manufacturer will be a good fit.
Great communication is one of the important aspects of a manufacturer using agile manufacturing. It can be very helpful for people, such as the designers, workers, and marketers, to share a database that has information on the different raw materials and the different products the company uses and makes.
Having a common database will allow these employees to give each other information about what is happening in production and any problems that they may experiences. This is also gives the employees an opportunity to stop problems when they are smaller before they escalate into bigger problems.