Lean Manufacturing at R-Anell Modular Homes
What is lean manufacturing? It is a cultural attitude about reducing and
eliminating waste throughout the operation with the main focus on what the customer wants. The modular
home industry has always been striving toward lean manufacturing; it just did not have a name. The goal is
to produce the very best house at the lowest cost possible. The ability to achieve this goal is what lean
manufacturing is all about.
What do we mean by waste? Waste is anything that does not add value to the product. Lean manufacturing has identified eight wastes that occur in any operation, not just manufacturing. These are:
- Excess Inventory
- Transportation (unnecessary handling)
- Waiting (idle time)
- Motions that do not add value
- Correction (scrap and rework)
- Not using your human resources
The goal of lean manufacturing is to eliminate these wastes where possible and reduce them where elimination is not possible.
What does this mean to you, the customer? R-Anell is committed to utilizing lean manufacturing to provide you the best quality home at the best price, on time. We understand that your home is a large investment. You have done everything you can to ensure that the design meets your desires and needs. We at R-Anell are thankful that you have allowed us the privilege of building your dream. Our desire is to exceed your expectations. Lean manufacturing allows us to focus on you with every aspect of improvements within our organization.
From the events that focus on providing a clean, organized work area, to the Process Improvement events that focus on eliminating waste in the process. Every aspect is designed to ask - "How does this improve the product and flow to the customer?"