I need your help!
It all started with a simple email. A friend sent me a video clip last week that that sparked a quite a bit of debate between the two of us. Ten or so email exchanges later, and we agreed to disagree. Now I want you to weigh in!
Last year, Wired produced a video series entitled A Peek Inside Tesla’s Robotic Factory. In the three part series, we get a detailed look at the end-to-end process – from incoming raw materials through final inspection – for the assembly of the modern marvel of automobile engineering and design that is the Tasla Model S. The factory, set in the former NUMMI production facility, is simply awesome to see in action, with more than 160 high-tech robots performing an intricate mechanical ballet to assemble the sleek sedan. And while there are many words that we could use to describe the process, would “Lean” one of them?
The Tesla Model S process: Is it Lean???*
I’ve linked to the three videos below. Watch for yourself and let me know what you think! Share your comments in three different ways:
- Click on the title of this article and use the comments section at the bottom of the page.
- Follow me on Twitter and tweet at me (@TheKaiZone).
- Connect with me on LinkedIn and post a reply to the thread for this article.
I will update this page throughout the week with a summary of all three discussion threads. Check back often and make your voice heard!
*I am asking this question knowing full well that it is highly flawed. There is no right or wrong answer. However, the debate gets to the core of exactly what is “Lean”, and that’s something from which we can all learn a great deal.