The Main Methods of Lean Organization: Kanban, Cellular Manufacturing, SMED and TPM

  • Andrea Chiarini
Part of the Perspectives in Business Culture book series (PEPIBC, volume 3)


The main types of waste in organizational processes were analyzed in Chapter two; overproduction and inventory, for example, are types of waste typically found in manufacturing, as many leading organizations that have adopted Lean Organization can confirm. To reduce the seven wastes an organization must create, within the value stream itself, a pull system: a system that produces the same amount of products at the beginning of the process as are requested at the end of it. Basically, the main target of pull systems is to produce the amount of products the customer demands at the right moment. The principle that fuels this system is that the customer “pulls” the products through the value stream with orders, thus avoiding “pushing” the products towards the customers through predictions by the organization itself.


Cellular Manufacture Upstream Process Material Requirement Planning Pull System Total Productive Maintenance 
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  • Andrea Chiarini
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  1. 1.Chiarini & AssociatesBolognaItaly

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