Last update: December 13th, 2008
What does Lean R&D mean exactly?
Well, "R&D" are the prior upstream stages to production.
Now the industry well known best practices, like Lean and six sigma, apply as well on shop floor operations as in administrative tasks or in R&D activities. Furthermore, Research and Development escaped so far the thorough search for productivity. They are now the new frontier, the area where hidden gains of productivity remain.
The two main targets of a "Lean R&D" are short time-to-market and the
control of global costs.
Anticipation of future logistics flows is one of the often disregarded constraint in engineering phase, while having a significant impact on the performance in later mass production.
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