What is Lean?
Although the term Lean is most often associated with manufacturing and production processes, this Japanese methodology is successfully applied in service companies as well. It is applicable in all business processes of the company as well as in relation to suppliers. Excellent application results are visible in financial institutions, metal processing and electrical industry, pharmaceutical industry, food industry, education, health, tourism, public administration, construction and service industries. Businesses can have up to 85% of activities that represent a net loss and that consume valuable resources. When this is expressed in money, then it is clear that something must be done to reduce or neutralize these activities. Lean has clearly defined types of losses that lead to this situation and the tools by which those losses are removed.
At the heart of the Lean methodology are processes and achieving excellence.
The Lean methodology highlights:
RESPECT FOR PEOPLE
RECOGNITION AND REMOVAL OF LOSSES
The implementation of Lean results in the following positive changes in the business.
Fewer errors in production and operation
Better organised working places
Higher quality products and services
Fewer injuries at work
Shorter production and service cycle
Less spoilages and complaints
Where can Lean be implemented?
Where there is a process, apply Lean!
The opinion that Lean is applied only in medium and large companies is far from the truth. A micro or small enterprise has an advantage in implementation speed.
Process quantity, number of products, product complexity, number of employees, production problems, identified percentage of losses can be affected…
Lean is also a great ally in the organization of private life.
How long does lean implementation last?
According to experience and our assessment, implementation projects last from 6 to 12 months.
The length of implementation depends on several factors:
Company size and number of employees
Quantity and complexity of the process
Representation of losses in the company
Goals to be achieved
Top companies implementing Lean
- Klinika Mayo
- Bank of America
- Raiffeisen banka
- Hrvatski telekom
- Eko Međimurje
- Končar energ. transformatori
- KBC Zagreb
- Assa Abloy Metalind