In pursuit of greater flexibility, elimination of manufacturing wastes, and quick responsiveness, Lean Production System and recently Agile Manufacturing have been developed. Lean Manufacturing is a collection of operational systems focused on productivity improvements with limited resources focusing on minimizing wastes, continuously improving methods, utilizing flexible system to produce variety of defect-free goods. Agile manufacturing, on the other hand, is a comprehensive manufacturing system focused on thriving in unpredictable business environment, focussing on enriching customers,reorganizing production system for greater flexibility, cooperation to enhance responsiveness and increased use of IT. The book reviewed the main principles of lean production system with practical cases in cutlery production. The fundamental principles of agile manufacturing system and then, the comparison of the two systems are also discussed with the aim test the suitability of these systems in Ethiopia context. The comparison shows a difference in viewpoint and perhaps strategy with regard to change, but not in method or approach.
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Joined formal school late, Idris Zehrudin has successfully moved to higher education graduating in Manufacturing Technology (2000), and lately Industrial Engineering (2004). Currently, he is working as lecturer in a University. He is MU Institutional Transformation Team member focussing on implementation of BPR in MU.
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