6 Principles of Lean Manufacturing

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Bossard’s commitment is to help you achieve lean manufacturing at your facility so that you can save time and money and maximize productivity. To reach this goal requires that you follow six basic principles.

Waste Elimination

Eliminating waste is a key principle of lean manufacturing. This requires that you identify work that adds no value and delete it from your workflow to reduce spending and time. Manufacturing waste consists of the following:

  • Unnecessary motion
  • Wasted inventory
  • Overproduction
  • Over-processing
  • Defective production
  • Unnecessary wait time
  • Transportation waste

Continuous Improvement

You must continually improve all areas of your business, including production, to achieve lean manufacturing. If you stop, the progress that you attain may not only slow and stop but may also disappear as new challenges arise. One way to ensure continuous improvement is to constantly create goals that everyone needs to reach.

Level Production

Producing the same amount each day makes material ordering and scheduling easier. It demands that you balance both the history of customer ordering and forecasting how much you can produce to meet those orders.

Just-in-Time Production

By working with level production, just-in-time production creates the exact number of goods needed when they’re needed. Because you’re only creating and transporting what’s required, you eliminate unnecessary movement and supplies to save money and time.

Built-in Quality

Build quality into every step of the process from order fulfillment to product design, packaging, and shipping. You can then cut down on the wasted costs and time needed to deal with errors and quality control.

Employee Respect

Implementation of these principles can’t happen without looking at the employees needed to make them happen. You must respect the workers and value what they do through constant communication and useful feedback. They will then respect the company and show commitment to any principles and goals that you implement.

Want to learn more about lean manufacturing and how your business can practice its principles with the help of Bossard? Please contact us at

February 14, 2020
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Bossard’s SmartLocker Solution


Bossard’s newest solution for manufacturers is SmartLocker—a fully-automated and controlled inventory system. Ideal for storing your consumables and high-value items, SmartLocker is designed to be a valuable addition to your inventory methods.

SmartLocker is an intelligent, access-controlled system that provides you with continuous stock monitoring. The doors can only be unlocked with an RFID card. When a user locks the doors and withdraws material, the system will determine new stock levels and retain user information, transmitting both to ARIMS which can be accessed through a Web API.

The system automatically informs you of replenishment needs, giving you more control over inventory data and shortening your order and delivery times. SmartLocker makes replenishing your inventory easy and eliminates the hassle of repacking. The locker doors are clear to keep inventory visible and easily accessible, also helping to increase efficiency. The technology also employs weight sensors and an error-proof system for full cycle control.

SmartLocker is a dependable, clever, and maintenance-free method in which to store your valuables and goods that need to be regularly replenished or monitored. With this state-of-the-art technology, you’ll be one step ahead on important inventory replenishment at all times.

To learn more about how SmartLocker can be implemented in your factory, contact us at

February 22, 2019
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Lean Manufacturing In Four Steps

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Everyone involved in manufacturing wants to increase productivity and decrease inefficiencies. But how? Bossard is a company that understands the needs of the market. More and more companies are being challenged to streamline their processes and reduce costs, all in search of the next innovation.

Fortunately, Bossard is no stranger to innovation. To boost your manufacturing productivity and lower the total cost of ownership, partner with Bossard. We can help you in four simple steps!

  1. Plan. Bossard will conduct a value stream analysis to identify areas of potential optimization. The goal is to ensure that your processes are maintaining the competitive edge necessary for your next generation of products. We provide an in-depth report with appropriate recommendations for action.
  1. Execute. Put that plan for change into action. Completing the value stream analysis and putting together a report is one thing. Taking those recommendations and executing them is the next big step. And as your partner, Bossard will be there every step of the way in the implementation process.
  1. Check. Once you have implemented the plan, you need to do more than cross your fingers and hope for the best. You need to keep an eye on how the implementation of the plan is affecting your processes, both positively and negatively. Monitoring the progress is important to achieving success.
  1. Adapt. The plan isn’t going to be flawless. The key is to review how the plan is working and make modifications based on the results. Only then will you have begun to innovate and create a unique and wholly effective plan that is tailor-made to your products and services.

But this one blog post is far from a comprehensive guide to lean manufacturing. Interested in learning more? We’re here to further the discussion. Contact us at to get the conversation started.

January 01, 2016
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