In James Womack and Daniel Jones’ book Lean Thinking, they explain that Lean thinking "provides a way to do more and more with less and less—less human effort, less equipment, less time, and less space—while coming closer and closer to providing customers with exactly what they want. "
We began our Lean Journey in January of 2004. By the end of that first year, we were voted Most Improved by the FCMA Jacksonville Lean Consortium. By the end of 2006, we had reduced our setup times by more than 300%. This was achieved through better handling of tooling, fixturing, and kanbans allowing machinists to do value added work instead of looking for resources.
While we are only in the beginning years of this journey, we have a good start and look forward to continued improvements.