Lean Manufacturing

  • Ali HosseiniEmail author
  • Hossam A. Kishawy
  • Hussein M. Hussein
Part of the Materials Forming, Machining and Tribology book series (MFMT)


Manufacturing of parts and products regardless of their shape, geometric features and materials involves a series of processes and operations. Nowadays, it is broadly recognized through the industrial sectors that many manufacturing techniques which are currently implemented in fabricating products lead to production of industrial waste. Lean manufacturing (LM) is a business template that has philosophies designed to eliminate waste in the manufacturing process. The Lean philosophies target activities that absorb resources but create no value and aim to eliminate them. This chapter describes the lean manufacturing as a fairly new concept in industry. The origin and historical background of lean manufacturing as well as the different sources of waste in manufacturing systems are thoroughly explained. In addition, different methods of preventing or eliminating wastes are also discussed. By reviewing a broad range of available academic resources, this chapter mainly aims to provide a strong and thorough understanding of lean manufacturing and its importance in the modern industry.


Supply Chain Manufacturing System Assembly Line Material Handling System Lean Manufacturing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Hosseini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hossam A. Kishawy
    • 1
  • Hussein M. Hussein
    • 2
  1. 1.Machining Research Laboratory (MRL)Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)OshawaCanada
  2. 2.Advanced Manufacturing InstituteKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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