Magazine article Management Services

Lean Manufacturing and System Integration

Magazine article Management Services

Lean Manufacturing and System Integration

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Lean manufacturing goals and system integration can work together to boost productivity on the manufacturing floor in a number of ways. In order for manufacturing companies to compete domestically and globally, flexible and integrated systems are critical. According to Jamie Flinchbaugh, a founder and partner of the Lean Learning Centre (Novi, MI): "Manufacturers must look for flexible systems that are easily modified and that also improve the process, save time, and reduce errors."

System integration not only complements lean manufacturing principles, but propels the manufacturer towards continuous improvement for the benefit of the company as a whole and the main objective of minimising waste. That waste may include time, material, product inventory or additional personnel for a given process. …

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