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Does Manufacturing Need Lean Methods to Stay Competitive?

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Notable manufacturing analysts have concluded that there is great potential to incorporate better planning and visibility software into Lean implementations, which are important to manufacturing companies in order to stay competitive.

Contrary to popular belief, Lean does not necessarily equate to being non-technological. Lean advocates simply want rid of technology that is wasteful, ambiguous, and not reflective of reality. Unfortunately, this has been the situation for quite some time with regard to traditional MRP and DRP (distribution requirements planning) systems.

Does Manufacturing Need Lean Methods to Stay Competitive?

Point 8 of the Toyota Production System states, “Use only reliable, thoroughly tested technology that serves your people and processes.”  Until now, the prevailing materials and inventory planning and execution technology, while thoroughly tested, have been largely inappropriate to serve the people and process in companies transforming to a leaner approach.

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