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In this series we have covered nine topics related to Lean Material Management, and the transformation in material management thinking and methods from the 1990’s until today. Where would you go, you might ask, to see these transformation in action? There may be many good examples, but we know of one: Toyota in Columbus, Indiana. Let’s revisit our topics in this series, to see how they line up with what Toyota is doing today!
If the quantities of material stored at the Points of Use has been reduced over the years, as discussed in this series, then it would be reasonable to expect that the modes of conveyance have also evolved. Let’s go through the main modes of material conveyance, and take a look at what has shifted since the 1990’s. Keep in mind that these comments are based on our personal observations, and don’t represent a formal industry study.