If you haven’t started applying lean construction techniques to your sheet metal shop, it’s not too late to start and get ahead of your competition. A few years ago, many ductwork fabrication shop owners wondered if lean manufacturing techniques actually could apply to job shops (high mix/low volume).
It does. And now many owners are asking how to start. There is no one single way to start applying lean and no exact equation. Each shop is unique and at different stages of productivity and acceptance of change. Each shop manager must start with what fits his or her shop’s needs and abilities. Some approaches will work better than others. Here are five simple actions one can take to get started.