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Lean Manufacturing and the Environment

Jim Newton, P.E., DEE

Lean manufacturing (also called lean production) is a customer-focused business model and a collection of methods that focuses on the elimination of waste (a non-value added activity) while delivering quality products on time and at a low cost. Lean manufacturing works well when it focuses on identifying and eliminating non-value added activities. Environmental improvement efforts that have the potential to distract lean manufacturing from this prime focus will likely not get much traction.

This course will look at strategies and techniques that can seamlessly enable lean manufacturing practitioners to easily identify environmental wastes and improvement opportunities alongside the myriad other wastes and improvement opportunities uncovered by lean manufacturing. Case studies will be highlighted to illustrate key points.

The text for this course is the final report prepared by the US EPA and titled, “The Lean and Environment Toolkit.”

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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