Lean Manufacturing: Part Two

Part One of the "Lean Manufacturing" series looked at manufacturing wastes, lean principles, and the benefits of lean manufacturing. Here, in Part Two, you'll be taken through the action stage of lean practices: implementing lean. Understand the "5S" program toward implementing lean and begin laying the foundation of a discipline that is necessary for effective implementation of more complicated lean tools such as kanban.

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Implementing Kanban Alternatives in Lean Manufacturing

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Dealing with Chaos: 4 Steps to Manufacturing Success

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