Lean manufacturing or simply lean, often referred to as simple business improvement philosophy, involves setting up systems or processes necessary to improve the production process. Lean manufacturing involves the methods to eliminate waste by channelizing the processes towards meeting real needs of the customer.
Here are a few benefits of implementing lean in an organization:
1. Improved Productivity: Improving the efficiency will help the organizations to produce more products/ goods for the same overheads, thus earning better profits.
2. Reduced Waste: With improved systems, there would be reduction in waste and fewer defects in the products. This will help in adding to the profits. Logistical improvements will help in better organization of physical space required and viable transportation and reduction in the waiting time for the materials required, thus giving lesser room for wasting man-hours.
3. Improved Lead Time: The business process will be able to respond quickly with fewer delays. It also ensures timely availability of the product in the market.
4. Improved Stock Turns: If there is less stock pile in the form of inventory of finished goods, it will automatically help in reducing the cash tied up with that stock. It ensures fewer borrowings from bank or other financial institutions. With the availability of cash, more money can be spent on producing essential goods.
5. Improved Customer Service: It improves the customer service by delivering what exactly the customer wants and at the time they want it. Thus, in simple terms it can be put as delivering the right product to the right customer at the right place and time.
Therefore, implementing lean helps the organization to remain competitive both in terms of prices and effectiveness of the services offered. It enables the organization to win more business and grow at a rapid pace.
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