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Running Head: LEAN TECHNIQUES
Lean techniques are assembly-line guidelines originally formulated for Toyota and the
production of automobiles. These techniques are also known as lean thinking and lean
management. Lean techniques focus on empowering workers and eliminating waste, improve
productivity and reduce inventory. Toyota Company initially formulated these techniques. This
paper examines how Toyota uses lean strategies and also highlights ways in which the company
can make improvements its lean techniques utilization (Alpenberg & Scarbrough, 2016). It also
presents these techniques can be used in another business.
Toyota Company uses lean strategies to eliminate wastes, minimize non-value added
undertakings and increase the value added. The eight wastes that Toyota eliminates using these
Time on hand (waiting): Stoppage of work/item in the process, like machine downtime,
system downtime, equipment changeover, bottlenecked operations, others approvals, system
response time and information from clients.
Overproduction: Too Soon or Too much production, resulting in the lack of adequate data
flow and excess inventory.
Unnecessary conveyance or transport: Paperwork movement or work from a particular step
to another step in the procedure.
Incorrect processing or over processing: Too much technology application or utilization of
improper procedures or tools in the work process when a less costly and simpler a...