Browse Publications Technical Papers 2005-01-1051
2005-04-11

Applying Lean Principles in a Test Laboratory Environment 2005-01-1051

Much research exists on the application of lean concepts in a traditional manufacturing setting and new research is broadening the scope of lean to encompass the product development cycle, yet little is documented about how lean can apply in a product development test laboratory. Testing is a hybrid environment, facing challenges unique from the takt-time driven manufacturing environment and multi-value stream product development environment. This paper will address how lean is being adapted to a product development test laboratory, where the objective and method to create a competitive edge remains the same: to drive waste out of the system and reduce the lead-time to the customer.

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