In 1913, Henry Ford consistently married interchangeable parts with standard parts and moving conveyance to create Flow Production. However, the inability to provide variety, forced the world to innovate the then manufacturing processes.
In 1930s, the focus shifted from individual machines and their utilization to the flow of the product through the total process.
Low Throughput Time (TPT) of the total process, Pull manufacturing as per demand, Quick Changeover, Low or Standard WIP, One piece flow etc. came into existence to create flexible organizations which could quickly respond to market demand with the desired variety, now popularly known as
Toyota Production Systems (TPS), Total Lean Management (TLM) or Kaizen.
With the increase in competitiveness at the Global front, customers always seek more variety, better services, high quality and lower costs. Organizations are hence left with no choice except to become operationally efficient by continually shedding waste (Muda) on a continual basis to enable them become lean, fit and sustainable.
Total Lean Management is defined as application of Lean principles and tools to achieve excellence or even perfection in every aspect of the enterprise by continual identification, reduction and if possible elimination of waste (Mudas).
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