Flexibility, Efficiency and Quality: Integrating Facilities Design with Lean Operations

Flexibility, Efficiency and Quality: Integrating Facilities Design with Lean Operations


March 2007

Transformation to Lean operations has become the competitive imperative in today's global economy. While the manufacturing sector was the first to embrace the Lean approach, it is now being adopted in corporate office environments and non-profit sectors as well. However, many Lean transformations fail for a number of reasons. For one, most existing company facilities are not designed for Lean operations, which constrain the effectiveness of Lean processes. To maximize competitive advantage, companies should design and build facilities to be fully compatible with Lean operations. Second, most companies attempt the Lean transformation in a piecemeal manner, starting at the process level.

Keywords: Lean, flexibility, efficiency, quality, transition, facility design

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