Ch 14: Lean Systems

About This Chapter

Watch a series of video lessons and learn about methods of implementing lean production systems, including the use of flexible resources, jidoka and visual control. Test your learning through a multiple-choice quiz at the end of each lesson.

Lean Systems - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The concept of lean systems is all about streamlining the production process and eliminating waste, with an eye towards improving efficiency. Concepts in the implementation of lean systems include many borrowed from Japan, such as Kanban, jidoka and kaizen. In these lessons, we'll look at all aspects of lean systems, their advantages and drawbacks. By the end of this chapter, you should understand:

  • How flexible resources and cellular layouts are employed in lean production
  • Why workers are important in the kaizen process of lean production
  • Ways the Kanban system can improve Just in Time Inventory (JIT)
  • How jidoka contributes to a lean system
  • Why lean systems may not always be the best

Video Objective
Just in Time Inventory: Definition, Advantages & ExamplesExamine the two levels of JIT.
The Lean Philosophy vs. the Kanban SystemExplore lean philosophy and how it differs from the Kanban system.
Flexible Resources in Lean ProductionLearn the importance of flexible resources.
Cellular Layouts in Lean ProductionSee the role of cellular layout in lean production systems.
Push vs. Pull Production SystemsStudy the differences in push and pull production systems.
Small vs. Large Lots: Advantages & DisadvantagesLearn the pros and cons of large- and small-lot sizes and when each is best employed.
Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED): Purpose & PrinciplesDefine SMED and when it is used.
Uniform Production Levels in Lean ProductionDiscover the function of uniform production levels.
Visual Control in Quality: Effect & ExamplesProvide examples of visual control and see how it impacts quality.
What Is Kaizen in Management? - Definition, Examples & ProcessExplore kaizen, with examples, and look at the role of workers in the process.
Jidoka, Automation & Lean ProductionExamine jidoka and its function in lean production.
What Is Total Productive Maintenance(TPM)?Study the ways TPM is useful in a lean system.
How Lean Production Affects SuppliersLook at how suppliers are impacted by lean production.
Value Stream Mapping: Purpose, Use & ExamplesGet information on how to use value stream mapping in lean production.
Benefits of Lean ProductionExplore the advantages of lean production.
JIT & Lean Implementation: Uses & DrawbacksSee when JIT and lean implementation are beneficial and when they shouldn't be used.

16 Lessons in Chapter 14: Lean Systems
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Lean Philosophy vs. the Kanban System

1. The Lean Philosophy vs. the Kanban System

This lesson reviews and compares the lean philosophy to the kanban system. The lesson also describes the use of each methodology in business organizations.

Flexible Resources in Lean Production

2. Flexible Resources in Lean Production

In this lesson, we'll learn about one of the best ways to make sure that your production practices are as lean as possible, which is using flexible resources. Find out what they are and how they can benefit a business.

Cellular Layouts in Lean Production

3. Cellular Layouts in Lean Production

Every company wants to be efficient and productive. Some even design their whole production process with efficiency in mind. In this lesson, we'll discuss cellular layouts and learn why they're considered during lean production.

Push vs. Pull Production Systems

4. Push vs. Pull Production Systems

Virtually every product manufactured on the face of the planet can be described as having been made by either the push or pull production system. But, what are those? In this lesson, we take a look at both of them.

Small vs. Large Lots: Advantages & Disadvantages

5. Small vs. Large Lots: Advantages & Disadvantages

Companies sometimes choose small lots at times and large lots at other times. Want to know why small lots can actually help a business at times while hurting another business at the same time? Find out in this lesson.

Single-Minute Exchange of Die: Purpose & Principles

6. Single-Minute Exchange of Die: Purpose & Principles

When producing goods, efficiency matters not only when you're making goods but also when changing the tools needed to make those goods. Single minute exchange of die offers a guideline to increase efficiency.

Uniform Production Levels in Lean Production

7. Uniform Production Levels in Lean Production

Lean businesses want to produce product only when absolutely necessary. But producing your products on demand can result in uneven production levels, which can cost money. In this lesson, we'll examine uniform production levels in lean production.

Visual Control in Quality: Effect & Examples

8. Visual Control in Quality: Effect & Examples

After watching this video lesson, you will see how visual control can be used in the production process to streamline the production of products. You will also see how visual control can be used as a means of quality control of finished products.

Jidoka, Autonomation & Lean Production

9. Jidoka, Autonomation & Lean Production

More efficient production is a goal of almost every business. In this lesson, we look at how three different concepts can help a business become more efficient: judoka, autonomation, and lean production.

What Is Total Productive Maintenance?

10. What Is Total Productive Maintenance?

In this lesson we look at the concept of total productive maintenance (TPM). We focus on the three main aspects of TPM, which are autonomous, preventative, and early equipment maintenance. During the lesson we'll review an example of TPM.

How Lean Production Affects Suppliers

11. How Lean Production Affects Suppliers

Watch this video lesson and see how lean production can help suppliers increase their profits in addition to establishing mutually beneficial relationships with other businesses.

Value Stream Mapping: Purpose, Use & Examples

12. Value Stream Mapping: Purpose, Use & Examples

Not all stages of production always add value during the production process. In this lesson, you'll learn about value stream mapping and how it can be used in lean manufacturing and other areas to improve the results for businesses and customers.

Benefits of Lean Production

13. Benefits of Lean Production

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.

JIT & Lean Implementation: Uses & Drawbacks

14. JIT & Lean Implementation: Uses & Drawbacks

Manufacturing companies sometimes face challenges storing materials for production, but there are solutions to this issue. In this lesson, we'll look at how lean implementation and just-in-time manufacturing can help.

Just in Time Inventory: Definition, Advantages & Examples

15. Just in Time Inventory: Definition, Advantages & Examples

Just In Time (JIT) is a production and inventory control system in which materials are purchased and units are produced only as needed to meet actual customer demand.

What Is Kaizen in Management? - Definition, Examples & Process

16. What Is Kaizen in Management? - Definition, Examples & Process

Kaizen is a Japanese word for 'continuous improvement.' Kaizen methods can be used to improve the results of any firm and can also be used in your personal life. Read on to learn the what, how and why of kaizen.

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