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Lean Manufacturing Principles and Tools
Lean is a manufacturing philosophy based in the principle of no waste and involves
all aspects related to productivity and economics. In short Lean Manufacturing can
be summarized in these simple principles:
1- No waste on human resources, money, time or other resources.
2- All actions must produce added value.
3- All work must be measurable, standardized, recorded,verifiable and constantly
4- All employees in the organization must perform a productive activity
Lean manufacturing has identified seven causes of waste, and make use of many other
disciplines to achieve lean results. Today no organization could be successful without
the implementation of at least some of these tools, although exist many more, these
are some of the most recurred simple and effective.
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