Abstract: Lean manufacturing is a set of tools to improve the quality of manufactured products and reduce the total cost. The foundry industry, as well as manufacturing in general, has significant challenges in the current regulatory and political climate with developing an economically and environmentally sustainable business model. Lean manufacturing has proven itself as a model for both economic sustainability and environmental stewardship. This paper will review the current literature and describe how lean manufacturing and green manufacturing can gives a detail framework for the economically sustainable and environmental foundries. Lean and green techniques which can be applied to foundries in a global context will be described.
Keywords: Sustainable Foundries lean manufacturing, Total Productive Maintenance, Lean Tools and Implementation Strategies