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Lean manufacturing, often called just “Lean,” is a production system that focuses on eliminating waste in order to increase quality and value. It focuses on streamlining processes, while also respecting people and involving people in making those processes better. In many workplaces, Lean involves concepts and practices such as 5S, Kaizen, Kanban, Just-in-Time, and Heijunka. Learning about these concepts and implementing them in ways that will actually be useful might seem like a daunting task. With the write knowledge and training, though, Lean and its components can make a facility significantly more efficient and productive. 

Below you’ll find a selection of Lean books that will provide you with the information you need to start your Lean journey. Choose from texts that cover 5S, Kaizen, Lean for hospitals and other healthcare environments, Six Sigma, and more. These texts are written by Lean practitioners and other experts who make these Lean concepts easy to understand. You can also keep these books on hand to use as references or to share with your employees or coworkers.

Once you have a basic understanding of Lean and how it might be useful for you, head over to our Lean supplies and training section to find more resources and tools. 

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  • The 5S Reference Book

    New to 5S? The 5S Reference Book, the first volume in our Reference Series, can provide you or your employees the information needed to get started with 5S. It’s a handy resource to help you successfully implement and sustain a 5S program in your... More details

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  • 5S Pocket Book

    5S Pocket Book The 5S Pocket Guide provides educational information about the principles of the 5S system, which improves efficiency and promotes a safe working environment. Contents Planning a course of action Educating the work group Evaluating the... More details

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  • Lean Hospitals

    Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Satisfaction This award winning book by author (and Lean Black Belt) Mark Graban covers using Lean to improve safety, quality, and efficiency in a healthcare setting. Drawing on his years of... More details

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  • 5S for Healthcare Book

    Clinical 5S For Healthcare Book Author Akio Takahara's "Clinical 5S for Healthcare" teaches you you to: Reduce Human Errors, Prevent Patient Accidents, Eliminate the Waste of Searching, Better Utilize Available Work Space, and Increase Patient and... More details

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