How lean can help shaping the future ? Lean engineering

Before searching about new high-tech disruptive innovation* let us reflect how lean thinking and lean tools were used so far. *read my 'Technologies alone will not regain competitive advantage' post Every time an organization was exposed to lean concepts, those were used to improve the actual situation, resulting from decisions, practices and behaviors prior to … Continue reading How lean can help shaping the future ? Lean engineering

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Technologies alone will not regain competitive advantage

Smart factories, high level of automation, robots, cobots and industry 4.0 concepts will not be enough to regain competitive advantage for Western European* companies. The reason is very simple, these technologies will be available to everyone and there is no real barrier to entry. These technologies won’t be very expensive and the ease of mastering … Continue reading Technologies alone will not regain competitive advantage

How disruptive 3D printing can be

In the early days of 2014 there is none without announcement of new amazing possibilities offered by 3D printing. The new additive manufacturing techniques - adding material layer by layer - are accessible to a growing number of players to ever lower costs and with increasingly diverse materials. The new possibilities are both exciting and … Continue reading How disruptive 3D printing can be

Zero-based budgeting (ZBB) and lean thinking

Zero-based budgeting is a (old) budgeting method in which the building of the budget starts from a blank page or "zero base". ZBB is not the usual variant of previous period budget with corrections but a totally new one starting from scratch. The idea behind ZBB is to build a budget that fits the purpose … Continue reading Zero-based budgeting (ZBB) and lean thinking

Three major challenges in early design and engineering stages

While manufacturing and operations have long been under close watch of improvement champions and beneficiary of transformation programs, design and engineering are relatively new to this kind of introspection. Lean in Design and Engineering can improve a lot and support the three major challenges every company is facing: design and embed future performance win the … Continue reading Three major challenges in early design and engineering stages