Lean is a systematic method for the elimination of waste. Originally names TPS, for the Toyota Production System, the original ideas and processes were developed by Toyota in Japan. The main tenets of lean are

  • elimination of waste
  • continuous improvement
  • pull processing,
  • perfect first-time quality,
  • continuous improvement,
  • flexibility,
  • building and maintaining a long term relationship with suppliers,
  • load leveling and production flow
  • visual control

How it can help

Lean helps reduce cost and improve quality, and can be applied to all aspects of a businesses operation.