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Lean Manufacturing Articles

Efficient production processes benefit everyone, from company to customer. Lean Manufacturing (aka Lean Production) is a methodology that focuses on reducing waste and variation in creating products. When used in conjunction with Six Sigma, these tools have the combined goal of producing a more efficient and profitable system.

Collected here are Lean manufacturing articles that explore how to effectively apply Lean strategies to a wide variety of organizations. These pieces explain Lean principles and offer tools to help you optimize product quality and maximize production efficiency, including:

  • Comparisons of key concepts such as Six Sigma vs Lean Six Sigma and DMAIC vs DMADV
  • Advice on how to apply Lean methods to your supply chain with minimal disruption
  • Real-world applications of Lean production techniques that you can adapt to your own organization

If you are interested in implementing Lean process improvements but are new to Lean Six Sigma, consider Purdue’s Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate. This instructor-led program will help you bring even more value to your organization, and it is the first step toward Black Belt certification. Request a brochure or sign up for email alerts for new articles as well as important program updates.

Lean Tools and Principles and Their Applications

30 June, 2021

If you’ve heard some buzz about Lean tools and principles, you’re not alone. Lean tools got their start in America as early as the 1900s, when Henry Ford used Lean methodology to create the Model T assembly line. Lean methodology also has an expansive legacy outside the U.S., with companies… Read more >

What are the Lean Six Sigma Principles?

21 June, 2021

In today’s fast-paced, globalized business world, competition among modern corporations is fierce. In this climate, every competitive edge matters, leading business professionals to continually explore new management tools, techniques, and leadership approaches. But it may not be a new methodology that yields the best solution. As companies fine-tune their processes… Read more >

Six Sigma vs Lean Six Sigma: What’s the Difference?

7 June, 2021

Even the most proven business tools and approaches must adapt as time goes on, morphing to suit the state of the market and today’s companies. Six Sigma is no exception, with multiple branches, disciplines, and schools of thought having grown from the original concept over the years to fit new… Read more >


28 May, 2021

Lean Six Sigma is a continuous improvement methodology that focuses on the elimination of waste and reduction of variation from manufacturing, service and design processes.  The Lean methodology aims at reducing non-value activities and cycle times while creating value for customers. Six Sigma identifies and reduces variability, improving overall quality…. Read more >

Improve Your Supply Chain with Lean Six Sigma

15 May, 2021

Every business is unique. For most, simply adopting a single, prescribed approach is a risky move. In the case of Six Sigma, it can be especially tempting to, seeing the success of major companies that have used the method in the past, simply declare Six Sigma the law of the… Read more >

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