Lean Manufacturing – Maximize Value, Minimize Waste

The Lean Enterprise Institute defines lean manufacturing as a process designed to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. Or, to create more value for customers with fewer resources. A lean company understands customer value, and focuses its key processes to continuously increase it. The ultimate goal is to provide perfect value to the customer through a perfect value creation process that has zero waste.

Coastal Enterprises Company has been following a lean manufacturing process for several years now. Since implementation, production has been streamlined, resulting in a decreased lead time, and our internal operations are more efficient than ever.

Lean does not only apply to manufacturing companies, it applies to every business and every process. It’s more than a cost reduction program, it’s a way of thinking and acting for an entire organization. The term “lean” was coined to describe Toyota’s business during the late 1980’s by a research team led by Jim Womack, Ph.D., at MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Program. This process is known as the Toyota Production System.

Coastal Enterprises has experienced great success with lean and wants to share our story and inspire others to continuously improve business as we have.

More information on Lean Manufacturing can be found on the Lean Enterprise Institute’s website.

A video about Lean can be seen here.