Lean Manufacturing

Can and should Lean be applied in Labs?

Published by Tom Reynolds in Lean Laboratory on September 4, 2018

Lean originated in the automotive industry and it’s easy to see how the tools and concepts are a good fit for that type of manufacturing. It’s much less obvious however that Lean can and should be applied in Labs.  In recent times Lean Lab projects have become quite common but…

Is Lean really an appropriate strategy in the Lab environment or are labs just blindly following trends?

The ‘Checklist Manifesto’ - Saving Lives with Standard Work…?

Published by Patrick Conneran in Lean QA on September 11, 2013

A recent bestseller expounds the benefits of a simple tool that is being used to save lives in hospitals around the world. How can we apply the same tool to improve quality outcomes in other processes?

Synchronising Planning, Manufacturing & QC

Published by Karen Wrafter in Lean Laboratory, Lean Manufacturing on June 10, 2010

Day to day operations of individual departments in life science companies rely on many decisions made outside of each department’s own remit. When embarking on a Lean strategy, the pillars of operational excellence (Levelling and Flow) can be supported by increasing awareness of how each department functions and explaining constraints.