SUNConferences, Computers and Industrial Engineering 42

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Being The Lean Dream
Magdel van Staden, Werner du Plessis

Last modified: 2012-06-24


In the words of the father of Lean, Taiichi Ohno: “The two pillars of Lean thinking are Just-In-Time and Automation with a human touch, or Autonomation”. He was of opinion that people arrive at their workplace to ‘think’ rather than to ‘work’, wanting to be creative and effective. They should be inspired towards new ways to work smarter, not harder.

Imana Foods is based in Durban, South Africa. Their vision over the past 30 years has been not just to produce high quality great tasting products, but to make a difference in the lives of Imana Consumers, Customers and Employees. This is better known as the ‘Imana Dream’ and their main vehicle for accomplishing this is Lean.

This paper will use Imana Foods as a case study to discuss how Lean initiatives move them closer to their dream. Concepts include Care & Growth, A3s, Imana Book Club, Production Levelling and their continuous strive to Autonomation.

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