What is Lean Manufacturing?
Lean production system is a system designed for a company to achieve maximum productivity in its activities. The main objective can be defined as “shortening the time from receiving the order to delivering the product to the customer and then also receiving the payment”.
This shortening is achieved by eliminating everything that exists in the process and does not add value. Doing so, improvement in costs, delivery and quality is obtained, beyond expectations.
In the classical management approach, investment and improvement studies are usually carried out by focusing on direct workmanship (visible workmanship). However, the actual cost-generating items are hidden in areas that the manager cannot see and in time losses that do not add value to the product or service.
The primary goal of the Lean Production System can be explained as the revealing and reducing of these hidden costs. Lean production aims to reach excellence in operations. It includes methods, techniques and practices for productive use of available resources. Its direction is towards elimination of waste, as a company culture.
Any activity that does not add value in the formation of the product is considered as waste. Activities in a lean organization are organized according to the flow of works. Products that meet customer expectations pass through the production system in a very short time.
Since most lean changes and arrangements are intended to be implemented without requiring additional investment, an increase in quality and speed leads to a direct cost reduction. All of the lean techniques are practical studies which are conducted in the workshop and give visible results in a short time.