Lean Six Sigma / Supply Chain Management

How to set up a lean factory that works

By Tom Voss, for Industry Week

May 30, 2017

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Lean manufacturers have a leg up on speeding products to market, reducing costs and keeping customers happy. In this overview, I’ll share how to engineer, set up and manage the project for a lean factory that works for your specific requirements.

Regardless of the location and goals, your lean factory team must consider important operational and policy issues. They must establish and follow concepts that are relevant to your situation. And they must use the right implementation tools.

The project team will be tasked to re-engineer one or more facilities to support your company’s vision of a lean enterprise. The project team should be led by your lean leader.

There are three "sub teams" for the effective lean factory initiative:
1. The core team
2. The support team
3. Senior leadership

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