Benefits of Lean Production

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  • 0:57 Being Flexible
  • 1:34 Simple Work
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Instructor: Yuanxin (Amy) Yang Alcocer

Amy has a master's degree in secondary education and has taught math at a public charter high school.

Watch this video lesson to learn about three benefits of lean production and how it can help a manufacturing facility to increase productivity and profits.

Lean Production

Visit any car manufacturing facility, and you will see a very streamlined process taking place. You will see an assembly line of mostly robots putting the cars together piece by piece. The cars are rolled along a track where pieces are added to it. Each robot has just one task. Each robot adds a different piece to the car. At the end of the track, we see a finished car ready to drive off. This is an example of lean production, a manufacturing method that aims to reduce waste.

When you eliminate waste or anything else that costs unnecessary money, you will be increasing the profits of your company. Some of the major car companies out there today are still in operation because they created a lean production method that works for them. Let's look at three benefits of lean production that helped these auto companies.

Being Flexible

One of the benefits of lean production is that it is flexible. It allows a manufacturing company to change as needed. For example, if a certain way of doing things is not working as well as it could, then the company can make changes to fix the issues. The way the company operates is constantly reviewed to see if it can operate more efficiently. For example, if it is taking quite a bit of time to gather all the tools for a certain job, then the company changes the placement of the tools to see if this will reduce the time taken. By being flexible, the lean production method allows a company to become more and more efficient.

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