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Lean and Robots: Dynamic Duo or Disruptive Disaster?

June 18, 2019


Lean—be it lean manufacturing or the lean enterprise—has long been an oddly divisive topic of conversation, right down to its very definition.

The folks who coined the term in the late 1980s developed a set of lean characteristics, starting with keeping the end (value to the customer) in mind. Key principles included removing waste from value streams, developing continuous product flow and ultimately driving down manufacturing cycle times to more rapidly respond to customers’ changing needs and wants. Moreover, the people who engage with the value stream are active participants in its continuous improvement.

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