Lean production and your plant factory©
We all deal with doing more with less. There was a time in my career when I thought that the entire more with less situation was unique to my generation and time. Im now convinced that sooner or later everyone will be faced with trying to match production goals and expectations with limited and/or declining resources. Over the years, new techniques and thrusts have risen to the forefront in the areas of production efficiency and cost reduction. Each new method has had its own merits and some seemed to last longer than others. Lean production has its roots in many of the techniques developed in the early 20th century on the first production assembly lines in the USA. It is perhaps because of the history and pedigree of Lean that it works so well for so many diverse industries. Lean is, in many ways, more common sense and intuitive techniques than hard core science. Perhaps this explains its draw and staying power. Toyota is credited with refining what we call lean production through the development of the Toyota Production System. After little interest in the USA was expressed in the ideas of pioneers including Juran and Deming, Japan opened its doors and minds to adopting the techniques that made them one of the top manufacturing dynamos in the world.
Langlois, S.A. (2017). Lean production and your plant factory©. Acta Hortic. 1174, 35-38