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Year 2024
Title From Lean to Smart Manufacturing
Author(s) Dr. James C. Chen
Description Starting with a review of the manufacturing scenario in the mid- to late 1980s when the Toyota Production System (TPS) gained a global foothold, the P-Insights report From Lean to Smart Manufacturing by Dr. James C. Chen details how the TPS has evolved by incorporating elements of smart manufacturing, technological advances, and the insights of employees. Relationships among the TPS, lean, kaizen, digitalization, Industry 4.0, and smart manufacturing are analyzed in different manufacturing scenarios. Concluding with two brief case studies, the report provides examples for manufacturers to consider now in preparation for a smarter, leaner, more productive future.
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