What is Lean Production?

Lean Production deals with the optimization of production processes with the aim of increasing efficiency and flexibility within a company. In doing so, unnecessary work steps and overproduction are to be avoided in order to minimize waste. Overall, all production factors (personnel, operating resources, etc.) should be used sparingly and efficiently. The concept of lean production is based on the principles of the Toyota Production System and is a central component of lean management.

What does Lean mean?

In manufacturing, the term "Lean" refers to a philosophy and approach to production that focuses on efficiency, waste reduction and continuous improvement.

What are the 5 principles of Lean Production?

  1. Define Value Identify customer benefits and needs and the benefits to the business

  2. Mapping the Value Stream Analyze the flow of materials, information, and activities to identify bottlenecks and waste

  3. Creating Flow Creating continuous flows of materials and information by removing obstacles and delays

  4. Establish Pull Establish a "pull system" in which products and services are produced only when the customer needs them

  5. Pursue Perfection Continuous improvement by identifying waste, eliminating obstacles, and implementing improvements to enhance quality and increase customer value

What is the goal of lean production?

The main objective of lean production is to avoid waste in order to optimize production processes and create added value for the customer. In this context, waste is defined as all activities that do not add value.

Want to learn more about lean production in the digital age?

5 Lean Manufacturing Principles in Times of Digitalization

In this blog post, we would like to highlight the five basic principles of lean production in the age of digitalization. How do intuitive worker assistance systems help to comply with the principles and what are the benefits?

Worker assistance systems in use for lean production