The New Lean Manufacturing Incorporates Energy Efficiency

Lean Manufacturing Optimizes Everything

Design News, November 5, 2013

Manufacturing throughout the world is becoming leaner. That translates into less waste, less cost, less energy. It also means higher production and greater optimization. Anything that contributes to greater efficiency in production is now bundled into the concept of lean.

The range of improved efficiencies runs from motors that require less energy and less maintenance to equipment that consumes less space and is easier to configure and reconfigure. Highly optimized automation systems also make a significant contribution to lean operations. Gains in lean practices have reduced the head count at plants. This move alone cuts the labor differential between North America and Asia, thus making North American plants competitive with Asian plants, especially once logistics are factored in.

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