For years, manufacturers have been driven by sales forecasts and the need to maximize production efficiency at every level of operation. But in order to be successful, manufacturers must look toward adopting a lean mentality. While lean techniques are more easily applied to some manufacturing styles than others, new software tools are now able to deliver the benefits of lean to both high-mix and low-volume operations.
in demand. By contrast, lean manufacturing is based on the concept that production can, and should, be driven by real customer demand. Instead of producing what you hope to sell, or as much as you can make, lean manufacturing produces what your customer wants with much shorter lead times. Instead of pushing product through the factory and on to market, it''s pulled through a system set up to respond quickly to actual customer demand. Lean organizations are capable of producing high-quality products