The Journey of Lean

Saurabh Tiwari ., Rameshwar Dubey ., Nishi Tripathi .


Lean production has transformed manufacturing & its application has made a significant impact both in academic & industrial circles over the last three decades. It has also been known by various other names like Toyota Production system, just in time, Pull manufacturing, total quality management. But the definition of Lean becomes more & more refined as the time passes & what we know as Lean today is not really any of these more. Its application has been spread to logistics, & from there to the military, to construction, to service industry & to consumption. The principles of Lean are universal & have been applied successfully across many disciplines. This paper tries to follow the journey of lean from its inception as a newly developed manufacturing paradigm to its current state.



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