When we think about House of Lean we visualize it’s two pillars: JIT and Jidoka. Unfortunately, many Lean journeys fall short of expectations because companies leaders (management) focus a majority of their efforts on Just in Time pillar and marginalize Jidoka. Why is that so?
As some sources are mentioning a history of lean thinking is rooted several hundreds years back all the way to the Venice in 16th century where a first written trace of the “moving” assembly line could be found.
This video gives very brief overview of some of the important events and people in the history of the lean management such as: More…
Successful leveling is considered one of the highest achievements in lean manufacturing.
But why is it so important? Simply because process variation is inevitable, and product demand isn’t an exception.
Nothing is more basic to improving the manufacturing systems than the reduction of variation (unevenness – Mura).
Anyone who is focused on continuous improvement and operational excellence must be aware that inventory level, lead time and throughput rate play a huge role in striving to this goal. Fortunately for us, MIT professor John D.C. Little proved the relationship between above mentioned variables, which is today known as “Little’s Law”.