Forget everything you think you know about lean manufacturing. Just-in-time production, kanban cards, 5S, and standardized work -- those are all just tools. It's time for the younger crop of U.S. manufacturing leaders to take lean to the next level.
Many [U.S. manufacturers] are so worried about competing on cost, their greatest weakness, that they are failing to compete on innovation, their greatest strength.
Looking for the secrets to manufacturing longevity? IndustryWeek's 2003 Best Plants winners offer their prescription for success.
Could lean be the remedy we've longed for?