Expert Manufacturing Advice tailored for step-by-step implementation in the workplace. Small Manufacturers, Machine Shops and CAD Engineers improve and thrive with our hands-on help. Lean Manufacturing Essentials Quite simply, the Ideal Guide to 'Lean' for Small Manufacturers' eager to get on and rapidly apply the techniques used by the best performing businesses.

Lean Manufacturing Essentials

Quite simply, the Ideal Guide to 'Lean' for Small Manufacturers' eager to get on and rapidly apply the techniques used by the best performing businesses.


Welcome to Lean Manufacturing Essentials – a straight talking guide written for genuine improvements, aimed at manufacturers who simply want to get things done. By keeping it simple, the information below lays out how your manufacturing business can benefit from lean techniques successfully applied by others.

The focus is very much on results. All information is based on sound theory and practical experience. However what matters to you is actions and improvements – so this is where the emphasis lies. The key sections are briefly introduced below. Click on each one related topic for a more detailed implementation-based full explanation.

Lean Principles 

Tools and Techniques 

Lean Culture: People and Behaviours

Make or Buy Decision Making

Automation and Robotic Advantages

Lean Manufacturing Action Plan

Lean manufacturing from Deepesh Singh

Experience principles of Lean Manufacturing in action and witness the transformation of a problematic Door Shop into an extremely efficient operation. Increasing production by 40%, and reducing downtime by 75%! (Lean Manufacturing in Action! (Door Shop) Kim R. Best

Are you interested in Lean Manufacturing? Well take a trip to the shop floor and see a lean factory tour at FastCap in Ferndale, Washington. At its core, FastCap is a Lean company, determined to continuously improve everything, everyday. Our products reflect the idea that things can be improved and the best ideas come from the shop floor.

Lean Manufacturing - Lean Improvement Walk - FastCap. In the spirit of Kaizen (Lean continuous improvement) and Lean Manufacturing Paul Akers takes a morning walk around the facility to see how, and what can be improved everyday.

What Lean Looks Like: Real workplace-based example (by Qualmen)

Part of SME's award-winning Manufacturing Insights video series, this program introduces the concept of lean manufacturing to everyone in your organization so they can become more involved in the transition from mass production to lean production.

Lean Tools - Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?... Or Hugely Overated? What do You Think?...

What is your experience when applying Lean Manufacturing Tools in the workplace? Which ones have you tried and had success with?

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