World Class Manufacturing (WCM) – The Next Step Beyond “Lean”

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Lean manufacturing means different things to different people, but the net result is the reduction of waste – in time, money and space – in the manufacturing environment. Once a lean implementation strategy is embarked upon (by definition it is never complete, as continuous improvement is just that: continuous), the next step beyond lean encompasses more than the just the manufacturing floor, it links that manufacturing floor to the entire enterprise (ERP) from the PDM (Product Data Management), MPM (Manufacturing Process Management) and the MES (Manufacturing Execution System) – the “What, How and When” of lean for a truly World Class Manufacturing.