Writer Martin Murray began his career developing supply chain software and has experience with supply chain and ERP implementation projects in industries including aerospace and defense, pharmaceutical, electronics, chemical, and consumer product goods. Martin has published eight books on supply chain topics in ERP software and his articles have appeared in a number of publications, including SCM Expert magazine and Maritime Gateway magazine.
For anyone interested in lean manufacturing principles, Murray has written an excellent primer on the concept and importance of reducing resource waste for more efficient and effective manufacturing. The excerpt below is followed by a link to the rest of the article.
The Origins and Principles of Lean Manufacturing
By Martin Murray
The push towards lean manufacturing originates from the Toyota Production System which is often referred to as Just In Time (JIT) Production. The Toyota Company became successful after World War 2 when Japanese factory owners adopted a number of American production and quality techniques. The manufacturing techniques of Henry Ford and the Statistical Quality Control ideas of Edwards Deming became the foundation of Toyota’s production process.
Unlike the American automotive industry, Toyota encouraged employees to be a part of the production process. The company introduced quality circles, which was a group of workers who meet to discuss workplace improvement. Quality circle members make presentations to management with regarding the quality of production. Read the rest of the article here.