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The Lean concept has been fundamental in manufacturing since the 80s, when Japanese corporations first started to use it. In its core, 'Lean' aims to remove all processes and practices without added value (called 'waste' or 'muda' in Japanese). The 7 wastes of Lean Manufacturing are: Transport, Inventory, Motion, Waiting, Over-Processing, Overproduction, and Defects.
Throughout the years, many methodologies and concepts have emerged within the Lean family. Yet, its fundamental principles and goals remain the same and continue to benefit companies such as Toyota, Ford and Intel, which actively utilize Lean. Take a look at our Lean courses: