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Starting Lean Fabrication Project with Nesting Software
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Lean Manufacturing & CNC Nesting

What is the definition of Lean Manufacturing?

Lean manufacturing, lean enterprise, or lean production, often simply, "Lean," is a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination. Working from the perspective of the customer who consumes a product or service, "value" is defined as any action or process that a customer would be willing to pay for.1

In general terms, "Lean" comes from the ability to achieve more with less resource, by the continuous elimination of waste. This helps produce a high level of throughput with a minimum of inventory. In addition to eliminating waste, lean manufacturing seeks to provide the best quality possible by creating a method where each part is examined immediately after manufacture. If there is a defect, the production line stops so that the problem can be detected at the earliest possible time (as was seen when Henry Ford invented the assembly line). This empowers the workers on the assembly line, in the belief that those closest to production have the greatest knowledge of how the production system should work.

Lean Manufacturing with Optimation CNC Nesting

Lean Manufacturing is readily supported in theory and practice by the sound application of good CNC nesting principles.

Lean manufacturing teaches the importance of efficiency in movement, action, location, and materials. It also is the foundation for the demand-pull, JIT (just-in-time), value-added, and flow techniques easily put into place with nesting software capable of handling complex objectives.

Inversely, dynamic CNC nesting with the tools of advanced automation and integration, and the ability to facilitate rapid or real-time change goes hand-in-hand with lean manufacturing.

When manufacturers are tasked to implement a lean manufacturing initiative they can turn to Optimation® and our 5th generation nesting software to achieve their goals.


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1Womack, James P.; Daniel T. Jones, and Daniel Roos (1990). The Machine That Changed the World



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