Lean Production 4.0: Lean production through efficient digitization
Combining Industrie 4.0 and Lean Production in a profitable way
The principles of lean production are to avoid waste in the production process. In the future, the advancing digitalization and the technologies resulting from the idea of Industrie 4.0 will be able to make an enormous value contribution to Lean Production. Find out in the following text how digital work instructions, interactive checklists and much more can make your company even leaner.
Overproduction: all products, semi-finished products and services that are manufactured or provided without the customer demanding them.
Stocks that are stored as safety stock for production conceal weak points in the process, tie up capital and storage capacity and generate useless handling costs.
Transport: material transports do not generate direct benefits for the customer, but are often unavoidable and generate costs.
Waiting time: stagnant or stopped processes, machines and plants, missing material as well as disturbed or unsuitable operating resources tie up resources, which can no longer generate added value for the times of failure correction.
Complex processes: Processes often become difficult to control due to unsuitable operating resources and unsuitable systems. This causes errors, reduces flexibility, and results in incorrect processes and unproductive waiting times.
Long paths: Long and ill-conceived paths within the process disrupt the production flow.
Defects: Faulty products always mean correction effort (blind processes) or performance that gets lost in rejects (faulty process). In addition, the disturbed process must be restarted (blind process).
Unused potential: the process know-how of the employees, which is not used to improve the overall process, is considered wasted or as some production managers may cynically put it: “luxury of a special kind”.
As a result of the digitalized lean production, the customer quickly and cost-effectively receives individual products that can also meet highest quality requirements.