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Using Lean Thinking and Operations to Enhance Your Operations


Robert A. Kemp, Ph.D., C.P.M.
Robert A. Kemp, Ph.D., C.P.M., President, Kemp Enterprises, 515-221-2503,

88th Annual International Conference Proceedings - 2003 - Nashville, TN

Lean thinking and operations challenges us to eliminate all waste—wasted time, wasted motion, wasted materials, wasted quality, wasted manpower, wasted machine hours, wasted transportation and wasted facilities. Unfortunately many see the concept of lean operations as just for factory floor operations, but it is much more than that. Indeed with all the work we have done in the last 25 years some of the best opportunities now are in the staff and service operations. Our challenge is to accept and apply the concept that lean thinking and lean operations apply to all facets of organizations to include leadership and management. Simply put lean thinking and lean operations are a mentality that calls for a comprehensive all out effort by everyone in the supply chain to identify and remove waste. It is all about eliminating costs from all processes. These ideas are ubiquitous and universal. We will understand the profound truth of that statement and how to make it work.

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