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Business Sense: What is Lean Manufacturing, and Why Should Countertop Fabricators Care?

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware

Have you ever thought about how you can maximize productivity and minimize waste? Of course you have! That’s how you create a profitable countertop fabrication business. However, what you might not know is that lean manufacturing is actually a tried-and-true manufacturing ideology used by countless businesses all over the world. Best of all, it works!

Companies that implement lean manufacturing methods report between 10-12 percent gains in areas like factory utilization, manufacturing output, and labor productivity. Imagine what you could do with all that saved time, money, and energy! If you want to implement lean manufacturing processes in your countertop fabrication business, here’s what you need to know.

Definition of Lean Manufacturing

If you like the formal world of dictionary explanations, the definition of lean manufacturing would look something like this:

Lean Manufacturing: The process of maximizing productivity while minimizing waste in a manufacturing operation.

If you prefer more informal terminology, lean manufacturing is all about running as efficiently as possible. You’ve probably heard the term “lean and mean.” Well, lean manufacturing is putting that idea into action using concrete methods.