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When you think about the goals of lean manufacturing and sustainability, the two arevery synergistic. Continuous improvement efforts in lean are focused on theelimination of non-value-added waste to produce exactly what the customer wants,when they want it, in the quantity they specify -- and to use the minimum amount oftime, material, space and labor to accomplish this at the lowest possible cost.Sustainability is all about minimising the use of natural resources like materials,energy and even replenishable biomass resources like trees, while reducing solidwaste and hazardous materials from our production processes and minimizing ourcarbon footprint.All of these resource inputs to our manufacturing operations have a cost, so reducingtheir use is a cost-reduction effort that improves profitability. In addition to reducingcost, the commitment to sustainability can be motivational for your employees, manyof whom are concerned about our planet's future and the lifestyle we will leave behindfor future generations.Quality and Quality Management ModelsQuality managementensures that an organization, product or service is consistent. Ithasfourmain components: quality planning,quality control,assurance andqualityimprovement. Quality management is focused not only on product andservicequality, but also on the means to achieve it. Quality management, therefore, usesquality assurance and control of processes as well as products to achieve moreconsistent quality.There are eight different basic elements of Total Quality Management (TQM). Theseelements are necessary to ensure that the model is implemented successfully. Withouteach and every single element put into place, it is likely that the business or thequality assurance program will experience some degree of failure. These basicelements include the following:1.Communication2.Basic Ethics3.Recognition4.Integrity5.Teamwork2
6.Leadership7.Trust8.TrainingThese core elements are believed to be the ultimate “foundation” to success when itcomes to successful operations in the business, or the quality assurance program.Many have concluded that this system works in much the same method that acomposition of a home works.Here are five examples of sustainability principles:1.Expect change and learn to welcome it; be resilient.2.Know your business: know your purpose, core strengths, source of value, andeverything about your customers and competition.3.Share what you know; eliminate all obstacles to open and honestcommunication.4.Learn to focus on opportunities; approach each day with optimism to see waysto create value, improve efficiencies. 5.Own your success; build a plan and work it each day.Reference: John Spence. January 15th, 2011-economy/BACKGROUNDI have decided to choose the two contrasting views on sustainability from a business point of view.