"Our mantra now is unless we have an order for it, we don't build it. That and some multi-skilled plant people - for which we pay them extra for the additional skills have made us more effective."
Accepting lean ideas is not always easy. Lean thinking requires a new way of viewing the world. The system must change for the methods to work.
Advanced technology is great, but as a hammer is not always the best tool, similarly the most technologically sophisticated solution is not always the best solution.