The production process begins with human resources, installations and raw materials and ends with finished products. Productivity increases when the same amount of initial resources generate more finished products at the end of the process, or, conversely, when less initial resources are required to produce the same volume of finished products.
Throughtime is the time that elapses between the company receiving its raw materials and receiving payment for the products produced using those raw materials. Reducing this interval means being able to produce more products in the same time, better rotation of resources and the ability to react faster and more flexibly to satisfy customer
Inventories eat up space, add considerably to logistics costs and consume significant amounts of financial assets; assets that could be better employed elsewhere.
Used in conjunction with small containers and supply trains, LeanTek supermarkets located as closely as possible to the line and LeanTek line-side flow racks give companies back the value destroyed by old stock management systems with their containers, pallets and forklift handling.
Most companies use far too much space and more personnel than they need to: Lean Manufacturing using the LeanTek system does away with unproductive conveyors, reduces production line length, incorporates previously separate workstations into the main line, reduces stocks and cuts logistics costs.
All these improvements help reduce the need for space and offer the option of earmarking the regained space for future expansion.