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Part 2 in a 3 part series documenting the WireCrafters Lean Journey & how it has transformed our business.
Last week we introduced 3 of the key elements of Lean manufacturing (Kanban, Kaizen & JIT), and this week we wanted to highlight 4 Lean principles and how we apply them in our facility.
Nine years ago, Richard Horn came to WireCrafters from Akebono Brake, which is an independent comprehensive brake manufacturer based out of Tokyo, Japan. Rich was brought in to streamline our processes and to increase warehouse efficiencies. One of his biggest contributions has been implementing Lean Manufacturing Principles …
Part 1 in a 3 part series documenting the WireCrafters Lean Journey & how it has transformed our business.
Lean manufacturing is the continuous improvement on increasing workplace functionality and decreasing waste, including physical waste or otherwise, such as time and resources. What is now known as Lean began with Henry Ford’s flow production when he streamlined manufacturing the Model T in 1913.
Unfortunately, the Model T was not customizable, so Kiichiro Toyoda, Taiichi Ohno, and others at Toyota evaluated Ford’s assembly line in the1930s. They realized that a series of straightforward changes would enhance the flow …