It’s a bit like a magic word. You still hear the magic word Lean at typical manufacturing company events. Plus, many advisors and consultancy firms use the word all too easily. In comparison to a few years ago, it isn’t used as much, but it’s still a hot topic. But exactly what is it? And why should you be Lean? Is it really so beneficial? And is your company ready for it? That’s because it does require quite a bit from your company. Lean is described as a culture change. People on the shop floor will certain be very aware of it. This means creating a particular behaviour throughout the organisation, but more importantly: awareness and an understanding of what it actually delivers. If you look up the Lean philosophy, Wikipedia states the following: Lean Manufacturing is a management philosophy that focuses on achieving maximum value for the customer with as little waste as possible. The method originates from the Japanese car manufacturer Toyota. Through ‘lean production’, the quality of the product increases and the costs decrease, which results in an improved operating result. That’s quite a mouthful, but actually quite comprehensive. There are many tools to make your company Lean(er). For example, the 5S programme, by means of which you can actually very simply achieve a culture of tidying and cleaning the workplace No expensive software or consultancy skills are needed for this! The gain is mainly through the savings made in terms of time. For example, hang tools back on the board, place pallets in the specifically marked locations, so that the next process can take place without more time being lost. Clearing up makes things clearer.