After the basic Lean conversion takes place, Lean’s continual improvement culture means that
modifications to material inputs, product outputs, non-product outputs, equipment, equipment
configurations, and operating parameters are likely to be the norm, and result in a manufacturing
environment subject to constant, on-going change. In this environment, even minimal regulatory
delay holds the potential to erode quickly a process improvement’s financial return, which, in turn,
could result in foregoing the resource productivity enhancements associated with the change.