Lean manufacturing: Tips for combining lean and automation

Automation technology can be used as a tool to help implement lean manufacturing solutions. When used correctly, it can help eliminate error and waste in a lean operation. Podcast puts to rest the myths about the roles of automation and lean and focuses on when it makes sense to consider automation solutions to lean manufacturing problems. Link to lean resources, including glossary of lean.
By Control Engineering Staff January 15, 2009

Buchanan, MIBosch Rexroth is offering tips on how to use automation technology as a tool to help solve lean manufacturing challenges. Developed with lean manufacturing expert Jamie Flinchbaugh, Rexroth’s “Lean Manufacturing and Automation Technology” podcast puts to rest the myths about the roles of automation and lean and focuses more on when it makes sense to consider automation solutions to lean manufacturing problems.

Podcast puts to rest the myths about the roles of automation and lean. Source: Bosch Rexroth
Podcast puts to rest the myths about the roles of automation and lean. Source: Bosch Rexroth

Flinchbaugh, who is co-founder of the Lean Learning Center and co-author of the popular book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean , emphasizes that automation can actually eliminate error and waste, as well as reduce cycle time and streamline processes. He says automation offers significant potential for manufacturers implementing lean, as long as it is applied to the specific challenges that it is best suited to solve.
“Lean Manufacturing and Automation Technology” is episode number eight in Rexroth’s lean manufacturing podcast series , available for listening or free download from the Bosch Rexroth Website. The podcast series is also available from the iTunes podcast library and other podcast directories on the web.
Other lean resources

SME: More on lean manufacturing, robotics, rapid prototyping

Glossary of ‘ Lean’ manufacturing

C.G. Masi , senior editor
Control Engineering News Desk
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