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English definition of “lean manufacturing”

lean manufacturing

noun [U]
 
 
(also lean production) PRODUCTION, MANAGEMENT
the business of producing goods in large numbers using methods that avoid waste and reduce the time taken: The factory has adopted a lean manufacturing programme to weed out waste in its production processes. The use of multiskilled worker teams and flexible automated technology are key components of lean production. → Compare Toyota Production System
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