Lean Process Resilience: Keys to Sustained Cost and Waste Reduction

Project status: Complete

Thrust area: Design Optimization

Research team: Chinweike Eseonu,

Companies in industries from mining to automotive, steel processing to aerospace and software engineering, have applied lean improvement strategies with significant success. Benefits include faster throughput, better product quality, and on-time delivery for products and designs and savings of over $2 million in mining and steel production. However, lean implementations often fail to sustain or achieve expected beenfits because of a focus on tools as opposed to system transformation.