Lean Lab Guide: Optimizing Workplaces and Workflows

This practical guide outlines the Nine Steps to Lean and their role in cultivating a lean environment in the laboratory by combining good practice with innovative technological solutions.

What is Lean Lab?

The term 'Lean' was coined in 1990 by MIT researchers studying the highly successful Toyota production system. Since then, the understanding and implementation of lean principles have permeated many sectors aiming to eliminate mistakes, reduce delays, lower costs, and improve the overall quality of a product or service. This practical guide explains how to cultivate a lean culture in your laboratory by sharing perspectives and good practice, including innovative technological solutions.

Lean Lab Introduction

The successful implementation of ‘Lean Manufacturing’ in several fields has inspired many businesses to adopt this model in laboratories as well. Laboratories have different challenges compared to manufacturing environments; while most of the key principles of traditional Lean still apply, there are many unique points to be adopted in laboratories.