Alba Consulting - Lean Manufacturing

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We have been applying the techniques of Just-in-Time, Kaizen, Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing for the last 35 plus years.  How is that possible, one might say, since these are all fairly  new techniques which have only been developed in the last 15 years or so?

Well, many of these techniques have been around, in one guise or another, for many many years and are now being resurrected with different names..  I was trained in the techniques of Group Technology when I was at University in the early 1970s and have been using those techniques ever since.  The philosophy of Group Technology (outlined in the Glossary), is very similar to that of Just-in-Time, Kaizen, Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing.

When people talk about "Lean" we usually ask, "What do YOU mean when you say Lean?" since we find different people have many different interpretations.  Alba Consulting is completely dedicated  to the concept of Lean Manufacturing.  All of the above techniques are valid tools for improving company effectiveness.  The secret is to use the correct tool for solving a specific problem.

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