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Operations Management: Lean process design; use in planning

1) Conduct research to describe "lean process design".

2) In addition, show how lean process design can play a part in planning and operations management within organizations.

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The process of design via lean practices is a methodology based on sigma type principles that focus on reductions in key costs associated with the project. The areas typically targeted to try and achieve a maximum lean design are:

Direct material Costs: This factor looks at ways to reduce costs on raw materials, reduction in parts needed, elimination of any non value added processes, reduce scrap, and focus heavily on reduction or elimination of quality defects (Letens, Farris, & van Aken, 2011).

Labor - On any design project, labor will always be a target area for lean. In order to ensure a pure lean design, the focus should be on designing a complete lean manufacturing system through ensuring appropriate ratios exist that match process capability. This reduces downtime and can possibly help reduce the need for labor depending on the efficiency of the process and design. ...

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Direct material Costs: This factor looks at ways to reduce costs on raw materials, reduction in parts needed, elimination of any non value added processes, reduce scrap, and focus heavily on reduction or elimination of quality defects (Letens, Farris, & van Aken, 2011).

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