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Case Study: Use Lean to Improve Processes

Gates Corporation finds applications in corporate and sales environment

September 10, 2005

Who: Justin Aschenbrenner, vice president, Power Transmission Division, Gates Corporation (Denver, CO)
Company Snapshot:

  • Sixty-eight production facilities in 21 countries
  • 23,600 employees
  • Key products: Belts, hose and hydraulics, pulleys and tensioners

Traditionally, the "relentless elimination of waste," or the principle of Lean processing, refers to production on the plant floor. But in reality, the fundamentals of Lean can be applied to any process, even those in the corporate environment.

We have been applying Lean principles to the corporate/sales environment for a little over two years using a number of tools: 5S, visual factory, process flow, process ...

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