A bit on Lean Production

Car industriesHi again guys, haven’t had too much time over so I’ve been of a while. Now I thought I could squeeze in a blog post ot two, since I don’t have too much on my table right now. Recently I’ve learnt about a theory to make things more time and cost effective. It’s called Lean Production and makes everything flow much more easy – at least according to me.

Lean Production was developed years ago, and much of it comes from the founder of Toyota Cars. I’ve been reading the book The Toyota Way, where it describes how the Toyota factory works with lean production. But how is this related to logistics and this blog? Well, it’s easy – lean production focuses a lot on minimising and making every transportation more effective. It drastically cuts down on unnecessary transportation time and as we all know, transportation can be a hole in the economy. It also works with downsizing storage and making it less needful. Since logistics is a lot about storage and transportation, I figured lean production is strongly connected with logistics.

The next question is of course how Lean Production works. It has a lot of details and very many stepson it, so it’s quite hard to explain it simply but covering everything. In short however, it works by going through and evaluate every single step in a process. By analysing what takes how much time and reducing unnecessary time, you can easily increase the profitability a lot. Often the extra minutes here or there makes a big difference in the end.

Also, by reducing the steps in a production line and making less effort, the time and wear of both workers and machines reduces. Most important, lean production focuses on making little or no mistakes in a production line. It is a very well developed theory which also makes it almost fool proof. Since errors and faults halts the production and costs a huge amount of money, much can be saved with reducing the risk of making mistakes.

The theory of Lean Production is in it self a lot of theories and has a lot of parts in it. For example, there is one theory just to apply it in the production line, one for the storage department, one for the administration and so on. It covers the entire essence of the production and the company, to make the best of everything. You can almost say that lean production is more a culture or a mindset more than it is a theory for industries.

Since I read this, I started minimising my tasks at home and it’s actually quite fun. Now I’ve cleaned up, thrown away things I don’t use, started ordaining my stuff and I’m more conscious of what I do. I rather think about where I go and what I bring, instead of just running around moving stuff back and forth. This has given me a bit of time over, and I kind of feel a bit more relaxed. It’s nice and I can recommend it! As always, Wikipedia has a lot of information about it and if you really want to learn I recommend the book The Toyota Way. Have fun!