Lean manufacturing is basically assembly line methodology that disburses components along the assembly line instead of in a centralized location. By doing so, waste is reduced and productivity is increased (wiseGeek, 2011). In a super simplified format I think of this as storing the paper next to the copier instead of in a supply room. That way there is little to no wasted time going to the ...
The solution explains lean manufacturing, lean six sigma, and socio-technical manufacturing and compares and contrasts the approaches. References are provided.