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AE: A Class Act

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by JRB, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    Please re-read what I wrote above. I never said that the inspector is eliminated. More defects always come up and that is why the process is called "continuous improvement".



    I never worked for Toyota so I can't speak for them. However, what you described is not true "Lean Manufacturing".


    so then what is lean about that. You still have the inspector, you've just corrected a process. That seems more like learning from mistakes than any sort of lean manufacturing.

    Imho, lean manufacturing would be having each stage of the line do a quick quality inspection and stop the line if problems are found, ala toyota.
     
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    Patek Senior member

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    so then what is lean about that. You still have the inspector, you've just corrected a process. That seems more like learning from mistakes than any sort of lean manufacturing.

    Imho, lean manufacturing would be having each stage of the line do a quick quality inspection and stop the line if problems are found, ala toyota.


    Yes, that is part of it. There are hundreds of books written on the subject and various schools of thought. A one paragraph example is obviously not all-inclusive. It was intended to demonstrate that lean is not about making workers work faster and harder, rather analyze what they are doing and eliminate the non-value added activities. Line level loading is a lean tool that is often misunderstood as making people work "harder", but is not really the case once the wastes in the process are eliminated.
     

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