The recent statement by Toyota that even with digitalization, they would not do away with the principle of gemba walks unequivocally confirmed that lean principles are still a powerful toolbox on the production floor. That’s why continued investment in lean and other CI programs will lay the foundation for a successful transition to digital operating systems (DOS). Moreover, adding digital technologies to lean can open up whole new frontiers for future factories.
With its focus on waste elimination and root cause tracking, traditional lean is based on the premise that employees should execute tasks better, faster, and more economically while fully embracing and engaging in the principles of continuous improvement. More recently, Industry 4.0 and its associated technologies have forever transformed production in terms of speed and flexibility with automation, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, all poised to become part of modern digital operating systems. These digital technologies combined with … Read more