Lean Manufacturing is a mindset of reducing waste.
Waste is any resources (time, money, energy) spent on something that's not of value to a customer.
Although many of the tools used for identifying and reducing waste were developed in the Japanese auto manufacturing industry, they are now commonly used not just in manufacturing but in many service industries like health care.
Although Lean is the overall approach and mindset of waste reduction, those that practice Lean can use many different potential tools to accomplish this task.
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