Advantages & Disadvantages of Lean Production

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Advantages & Disadvantages of Lean Production by Scott Shpak, Demand Media Lean production originated in the auto industry to address waste and efficiency. Related Articles Advantages & Disadvantages of Licensing the Rights to the Company's Production Process What Emphasis if Any Should Be Placed on Lean Production? Advantages and Disadvantages of Opening a Production Facility in a Foreign Country Advantages and Disadvantages of Market and Product Development Strategies The Advantages & Disadvantages of the Beef Production Industry What Are the Advantages & Disadvantages for Every Company Becoming a Customer-Focused Business? Lean philosophy centers on the elimination of waste in all forms in the workplace. Specific lean…show more content…
It is tempting to push those expectations, but you must examine the value of improvements. If you refine throughput to 1,000 parts an hour in one section that you can supply with only 500 parts from a previous stage, you haven't improved your result. Problems With JIT JIT principles work best with stable system components. Delivery times for raw and finished goods are known, and the elements of production can be scheduled accordingly. Being overly aggressive with JIT scheduling leaves you vulnerable to systemic bottlenecks. Supplier delivery issues may cut off your raw materials, interrupting your production flow. Maintenance emergencies can reduce your production throughput. Any constraint not accounted for in your JIT planning potentially jeopardizes the entire system. Margin for error and system waste may be difficult to balance. Worker Frustration When a certain level of refinement is met, using lean methods to squeeze more economy from production can discourage workers, reversing positive motivation and undermining your leadership. Trends of backsliding in previous improvements may indicate worker resentment. Striking a balance between stasis and continuous improvement is a challenge in any lean environment. A small business may be more prone to reaching such a refinement because of its less complex nature. Be aware of how incorporated changes affect your staff to gauge how effective
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