South Suburban College has partnered with WCM Associates to offer training for businesses and individuals recognizing the need to increase productivity and quality of product and services. Lean is both a philosophy and practice of maximizing customer value while minimizing waste. The major goal of Lean is to create more value for customers with fewer resources– to understand what the customer sees as adding value and to focus on key processes to continuously add value and aim for zero waste, meaning less human effort, less space, less capital and less time, with less error and fewer defects.
Companies are able to respond to changing customer desires with high variety, high quality, low cost, and with very fast throughput times. Also, information management becomes much simpler and more accurate.
To accomplish this, lean thinking changes the focus of management from optimizing separate technologies, assets, and vertical departments to optimizing the flow of products and services through entire value streams that flow horizontally across technologies, assets, and departments to focusing instead on the customer. When implemented effectively, Lean shortens the time between the customer’s order and factory shipment by eliminating waste.
Lean manufacturing creates outstanding results that translate into bottom-line profits by
- increasing productivity
- reducing in work in process
- reducing floor space required
- improving quality
- reducing lead-time