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Lean Manufacturing: Reaping the Rewards of Lean through Response Management
For years, manufacturers have been driven by sales forecasts and the need to maximize production efficiency at every level of operation. But in order to be

elements of a lean management system  Time for those work elements that transform the product in a way the customer is willing to pay for. Value Stream: All the activities, both value-added and nonvalue-added, required for a product to go from raw material into the hands of the customer, a customer requirement from order to delivery, and a design from concept to launch. Value stream improvement usually begins at the door-todoor level within a facility, and then expands outward to eventually encompass the full value stream. Value Stream

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