Paul W. Critchley saw the power of lean as a plant manager at a growing medical device company. As the orders increased, every day the two-person shipping department struggled to make deadlines, getting in at 6:30 a.m. and rushing all day in order to make the UPS truck deadline at 5 p.m.
Last month I laid out “A Roadmap for the Future” which received a favorable reaction, therefore, I thought I might continue along this path on a subject that is important to every quality professional.
Lean manufacturing is an indirect decedent of the early manufacturing methods used during the industrial revolution. The industrial revolution was followed by the American system of manufactures and the quest for interchangeable parts.