In a large pharma company, a forklift operator had to constantly get off and on the forklift to open and close doors as he made his way from the shop floor to the waste storage room. Being a wasteful process, the top management decided to fit a sensor for about $400 to automatically open and close the door. The floor manager suggested a string pull, which cost about $40. But, luckily for them, they had a Lean Manager in their midst who suggested that they”Just take the doors off!”
Lean Management is a practice that eliminates any process that is not required in manufacturing or service industries. Lean implementation is therefore focused on getting the right things to the right place at the right time in the right quantity to achieve perfect work flow, while minimising waste and being flexible and able to change.
Lean Management is a Japanese concept propagated in the 1990s by Toyota to eliminate any process that is wasteful, which led them to build more economical and efficient cars.The steady growth of Toyota, from a small company to the world’s largest automaker, has focused attention on how it has achieved this success.