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Chicago Auto Supplier Lean Example In The News

Here is a nice example of a Chicago-area company using lean to respond to the market, which is forcing prices downward. To keep profits up, they’ll have to reduce costs and lean is obviously a great way to do that. They’ll benefit more from focusing beyond cost, on quality and employee satisfaction.

“Taking a cue from one of its customers, UGN has been implementing the Toyota Production System at its factories.

Developed decades ago by the automaker, it aims to ferret out waste at every turn in the manufacturing process, from reducing the number of defective parts to how far a worker has to go to grab a particular tool. Many U.S. companies have adapted aspects of TPS in ‘lean’ manufacturing initiatives.

‘We are trying to implement as many aspects of TPS as possible,’ Anthony said.”

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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