Responsible Consumption and Production

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Lean Manufacturing and Sustainable Development

  • Eeva JärvenpääEmail author
  • Minna Lanz
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71062-4_7-1

Synonyms

Definitions

Lean manufacturing is a production philosophy, which concentrates on the customer value and targets to serve the customer as efficiently as possible by eliminating all unnecessary waste from the operations. Waste means all the actions that do not add value to the customer, and value is something that the customer is willing to pay for. Lean emphasizes efficient flow of products over the maximum utilization of resources.

Introduction

Today’s manufacturing companies operate in an environment, which is characterized by rapidly changing customer requirements and ever-increasing global competition. Companies need to be able to produce high-quality, highly variable products, with fast and reliable delivery time, and with a competitive price tag. Thus, rapid responsiveness and agility has become a new strategic goal for the manufacturing enterprises alongside with high quality and cost reduction. Lean manufacturing can help...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering and Natural SciencesTampere UniversityTampereFinland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ulla Saari
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Management and BusinessTampere UniversityTampereFinland