By Mika Kuhmonen, Elomatic
Numerous tools, principles and technologies are available for production development when action is called for. Since the days of Frederic Taylor and Henry Ford, production development has always found new ways to maintain productivity in changing business environments. A large number of principles and approaches have been developed and applied to develop production further. One of the most commonly used is Lean.
Lean has recently become fashionable again. It was widely utilized in manufacturing in the 1980s and 1990s, after which it was forgotten, but it has now made a comeback. Industries such as healthcare, banking and construction where operations are based on repetitive processes have also recognized the potential of Lean.