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Lean manufacturing was initially implemented in automobile industries only but later on its phenomenon success made other industries to go for implementing the same. It covers a wide variety of operations for reducing waste, increasing productivity and cutting cost. The emphasis in lean manufacturing is utilization of lesser resources to produce the same goods. Lean system basically aims at half the hours of engineering effort, half the product development time, half the investment in machinery, half the hours of human effort in the factory, half the factory space for the same output, half the defects in the finished product, increased capacity or throughput.


Over the past two decades, lean manufacturing has generated a greater attention and enthusiasm among the manufacturers, employees and customers. It is not something brand new but is derived from Japanese Toyota Production System (TPS). The tremendous success of TPS which basically works on waste reduction made a huge impact allover the world. Lean manufacturing was initially implemented in automobile industries only but later on its phenomenon success made other industries to go for implementing the same. It covers a wide variety of operations for reducing waste, increasing productivity and cutting cost. The emphasis in lean manufacturing is utilization of lesser resources to produce the same goods. Lean system basically aims at half the hours of engineering effort, half the product development time, half the investment in machinery, half the hours of human effort in the factory, half the factory space for the same output, half the defects in the finished product, increased capacity or throughput. Reduced inventories: Raw, WIP (Work In Progress) and FG (Finished Goods), smaller lot sizes, reduced lead times, improved participation and morale of employees.

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Thilak Vadicherla is associated with Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam and A.K.P.Dhanakodi is a research Scholar, Anna University, Chennai


Originally published in &sec=article&uinfo=<%=server.URLEncode(2572)%>">Textile Review: April 2010