Enhancing Value Stream through Lean

September 19, 2017

 

Most business and management professionals are familiar with the core tenets of lean manufacturing, even if they don't work in a factory where the principles were originally founded.

 

However, lean maintenance within asset-intensive industries remains a relatively unexplored concept. By implementing lean maintenance workflows inspired by the original manufacturing philosophy, it's possible to eliminate bottlenecks in repair operations and therefore realize significant improvements across the organization.

 

Origins of Lean Maintenance

Anyone familiar with lean principles probably knows the story behind its creation and development and how it played a key role in the rise of Japanese conglomerate Toyota from a humble textile maker to one of the world's largest manufacturers. A core concept within th