What is lean manufacturing?

Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy that focuses on maximizing efficiency and minimizing waste in the production process.

This manufacturing approach was first developed by Toyota Motor Corporation in the 1950s and has since been adopted by many other organizations in various industries.


The goal of lean manufacturing is to create a more efficient and streamlined production process by identifying and eliminating waste, reducing costs and improving product quality. In this way, businesses can improve revenue, increase customer satisfaction, and maintain a competitive edge in their respective markets.

The basic principles of lean manufacturing can be summarized in his five steps.

Define value

In lean manufacturing, value is defined as what the customer is willing to pay. So the first step is to identify what your customers find value in and make sure your production process is designed to deliver that value.

Map your value

The second step maps the value streams associated with the entire process from raw material to finished product. By mapping value streams, companies can identify areas of waste and inefficiency.

Create a flow

The third step is to create a production process flow that eliminates delays, waiting times, or interruptions.In this way, companies can reduce throughput times and improve productivity. Set up your train:

Create a system

The fourth step is to establish a pull system. This means that production is based on customer requirements rather than production targets. This helps reduce excess inventory and improve responsiveness to customer demand.


The final step is to continuously improve the production process by identifying and eliminating waste and inefficiencies. Production processes are regularly checked and analyzed to identify improvement opportunities and implement solutions.

Lean manufacturing is a powerful strategy that helps companies improve bottom line, increase customer satisfaction and maintain a competitive advantage in their respective markets. By following these five steps, companies can implement lean manufacturing and significantly improve their production processes.

Your advantages

Cost reduction

By eliminating waste and inefficiency, organizations can reduce costs and improve profitability.

Improvement of quality

Lean manufacturing focuses on improving quality by reducing defects and ensuring that the final product meets customer expectations.


Shorter delivery times

By creating flows and establishing a pull system, businesses can reduce lead times and improve responsiveness to customer requests.


Increased productivity

By streamlining production processes and eliminating waste, businesses can increase productivity and output.

Digitalizing your operations and shop floor is the first step towards implementing Industry 4.0.

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24Flow is a modular operations platform that empowers discrete manufacturers to reduce lead times through digital support of operators and management. Inspired by lean and QRM, 24Flow controls the flow of production orders which increases visibility and results in shorter lead times, improved delivery reliability and a reduction of work-in-progress and inventory.




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