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An Introduction to Operations Management

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Lean Glossary Information and Resources 3P – Production Preparation Process Lean experts typically view 3P as one of the most powerful and transformative advanced manufacturing tools, and it is typically only used by organizations... Continue Reading 5S Workplace Organization 5S is a reference to five Japanese words that describe standardized cleanup: Seiri : tidiness, organization. A3 Reports And A3 Thinking As the amount of information that we have at our fingertips grows at an exponential rate, the ability to synthesize and distill information becomes... Activity- Based Costing Activity-based costing (ABC) is a method of allocating costs to products and services. Agile Manufacturing Agile manufacturing is the ability to accomplish rapid changeover between the manufacture of different assemblies. Andon You have probably heard of andon cords, andon boards, andon lights, etc. Autonomation Autonomation describes a feature of machine design to effect the principle of “Jidoka” used in the Toyota Production System. Benchmarking

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Lean manufacturing Overview[edit] The difference between these two approaches is not the goal itself, but rather the prime approach to achieving it. The implementation of smooth flow exposes quality problems that already existed, and thus waste reduction naturally happens as a consequence. The advantage claimed for this approach is that it naturally takes a system-wide perspective, whereas a waste focus sometimes wrongly assumes this perspective. Both lean and TPS can be seen as a loosely connected set of potentially competing principles whose goal is cost reduction by the elimination of waste.[5] These principles include: Pull processing, Perfect first-time quality, Waste minimization, Continuous improvement, Flexibility, Building and maintaining a long term relationship with suppliers, Autonomation, Load leveling and Production flow and Visual control. Origins[edit] Lean aims to make the work simple enough to understand, do and manage. A brief history of waste reduction thinking[edit] 20th century[edit]