Definitie, uitleg en advies – een LEAN aanpak d.m.v. verschillende methoden en instrumenten

Lean is een industriële managementmethode, met als hoofddoel vooruitgang. De Lean-aanpak maakt het mogelijk om een maximale waarde te creëren met een minimum aan middelen. Het continue verbeteringsproces is het basisprincipe van Lean Enterprise.

The principles of the Lean approach

The production management method has spread, for more than 20 years, within industrial companies. Lean is based on the philosophy of Toyota’s production system (TPS), originally called “just-in-time production”. The Lean approach is a production management method based on the search for performance through continuous improvement and the elimination of waste.

Lean therefore begins with a phase of analysis of the field’s reality and of the teams for the approach to work in the best way. But it is not enough to apply simple methods such as Kaizen or change production to just-in-time without improving quality. Lean is first and foremost a state of mind. It is therefore essential that the production teams and management work together to complete this project. The Lean approach sets up a continuous learning dynamic, allowing the development of all employees and thus strengthening the company.

Over time, Lean has been separated into several categories: Lean Management, Lean Manufacturing, Lean Office, Automation with Industry 4.0 and Employee Well-Being through Ergonomics. Each of these approaches is based on a similar philosophy, a similar state of mind but uses different tools.

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Lean Enterprise application and tools

Lean Manufacturing tools to manage production

Lean Manufacturing, also known as Lean Production, is an approach that can be applied directly in the factory. The aim is to improve production flows to create more value by eliminating waste and optimizing just-in-time production. Discover the tools of Lean Manufacturing:

Lean Management is based on a set of tools and methods

Lean Management is a method dedicated to the analysis of an existing system and in particular the chain of value in order to detect potential waste in order to reduce it to a minimum. The success of this system depends on the communication, organization and motivation of employees. Discover the tools of Lean Management:

The improvement of services and offices with the Lean Office principles

The objective of the Lean Office approach is to improve the administrative flows and processes of all the company’s offices. The principle is to make information easily accessible and to improve staff performance.

The fourth industrial revolution, aka Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 represents the working methods and tools of tomorrow’s factories. This system is based on connected and robotic production workshops. This technique based on artificial intelligence makes it possible to produce more by reducing costs due to losses and waste.

How can I integrate ergonomics into my company?

The well-being of the staff is essential for the proper functioning of the company. It is therefore important not to neglect ergonomics, especially since a happy employee without musculoskeletal disorders is a more efficient and effective employee. Discover the methods for implementing ergonomics in your company:

The advantages and disadvantages of continuous improvement

The Lean approach has several methods of application on different domains and services. Applying a Lean method for the sole purpose of increasing your industrial performance and profits is not the objective. Speeding up the pace without worrying about your employees and their well-being is not a principle of Lean Manufacturing or Lean Management. With such conditions, staff will not be motivated and work stoppages will be imposed because of the non-ergonomic work pace. Lean’s mindset is the opposite, putting the well-being of employees first and then improving productivity. This means changing their work habits to reduce unnecessary movements, waste of raw materials, space, etc. It is on these points that some factories deviate from continuous improvement.