White Paper: Manufacturing & Prototyping
How Lean Manufacturing Adds Value to PCB Production
Lean Manufacturing (Lean) philosophy focuses on eliminating any production component that does not deliver value to the customer. We will explore the impact of Lean on the PCB industry, including how it may provide competitive advantage to those organizations making Lean a key part of their culture.
To create a competitive edge, Lean needs to permeate every level of an organization, making it more than just a policy change or process implementation, it must become part of the culture. Manufacturers who adopt Lean must commit to it for the long haul and seek continuous improvement over time. This type of commitment requires substantial investment to succeed. We will offer some best practices associated with successful Lean programs and highlight some ways to avoid some common pitfalls.
If you want to save time and money, the best method is to eliminate waste from the production process. Lean offers a proven method for doing so. In a Lean environment, the manufacturer works backwards from the end product to the beginning of the manufacturing process, analyzing each step and interaction along the way.
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