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.
to actual customer demand. Lean organizations are capable of producing high-quality products economically, in lower volumes, and bringing them to market faster than mass producers. A lean organization can make twice as much product with twice the quality, at half the cost, with half the labor and space, and with a fraction of the normal work-in-process inventory. Lean management is about operating the most efficient and effective organization possible, with the least cost and zero waste, while meeting