…for the next installment in our â€œplain english guideâ€ series, weâ€™ve decided to break down the key concepts of lean manufacturing, Six Sigma and flexible manufacturing. While we couldnâ€™t cover every concept â€“ a Google search for â€œlean manufacturing glossaryâ€ should satisfy most pedants â€“ we have reviewed the important terms. Leave a comment below if there are others youâ€™d like us to explain. Letâ€™s get started.
Basically, modern manufacturing methods boil down to three key concepts:
* Reduce waste – reduce the amount of materials, capacity and manpower wasted in the process by producing just enough product to meet current demand
* Maintain quality â€“ devise more effective manufacturing methods in order to continue making quality products despite strict reductions of waste
* Accelerate production â€“ decrease the amount of time needed to manufacture product, making up for the lack of surplus
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