How do you build many different products without wasting floor space, lowering productivity, or having to invest millions in additional equipment and tooling? The answer is an industrial engineering methodology called Mixed Model Line Design.
Welcome to Part 1 of a 5-part series on Lean Design. You would not expect to build a house without a good set of drawings and a design, and likewise you should not expect to achieve high-performing business processes without a formal design. A “Lean Design” implies that the process or processes will be extraordinarily efficient, free of waste, able to produce high quality, and meet the designed capacity goals.