5 Big benefits of lean manufacturing

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5 Big benefits of lean manufacturing

Lean manufacturing is at the core of any successful industrial design project. With its origins in the Toyota Production System – a management system focused on eliminating waste from every aspect such as overproduction, faulty products up to underused employees – this process inspires savvy industrial designers to work smarter and get better results for clients.

How is this achieved? Here are 5 ways that lean manufacturing creates rewarding opportunities for industrial designers that follow this process as an approach to their projects.

  1. Lean manufacturing champions processes that are error-proof

In traditional methods, designers would typically focus on training staff to ensure that they do not make mistakes. Although there is nothing wrong with training staff, especially when it comes to adapting to working in unison in a predetermined way, design processes can be improved even more with a lean manufacturing approach that will leave little room for error.

  1. It cuts through the clutter to avoid unnecessary steps during production

Why do five steps when two could get the job done? Lean manufacturing eliminates the need for additional steps that do not add any value to a project or the expected outcome. This is done through value stream mapping and process mapping and ensures that only key actions are performed that will create the desired results a design team wants to achieve and, most of all, add value to a project.

  1. Cutting down on unnecessary steps lead to higher productivity and better quality

When your team focuses only on those key steps, they will be more productive, deliver better quality work and feel less bogged down by unnecessary activities that take up time that could have been applied elsewhere.

  1. A leaner, streamlined approach ensures teams are flexible

Industrial design teams that work according to a lean manufacturing approach can easily adapt to change and remain flexible. They are better equipped to stick to deadlines, which mean client satisfaction is easy to achieve. In turn, this positive outcome for clients will boost a business’ reputation and elevate its profile, bringing in more business from clients eager to collaborate with productive teams.

  1. A flexible approach increases sustainability 

Industrial designers with a lean approach can better sustain their businesses thanks to time, materials and manpower used efficiently. In a way, teams that follow a lean manufacturing approach are not just working “leaner”, they are working smarter.

Embracing success with lean manufacturing 

Better designed processes, project time that is used optimally and employees that are satisfied with how their efforts are applied to tasks all contribute to the success of an industrial design project. This is why teams with a lean manufacturing approach will go further and achieve more than those following traditional methods: it all starts with cutting out the clutter!

At Moss&Schmidt, we are passionate about lean manufacturing and achieving high-quality results for our clients. Contact us today if you would like to find out more about how we apply a lean approach to our design processes.