Lean Lab

Research and company laboratories play a key role in value adding. For this reason, they have to contribute just as much towards productivity as other areas of production. To make them more efficient, Fraunhofer IPA implements a special form of lean management for laboratories.

Making laboratories competitive with the aid of lean management

Lean management optimizes processes and organization in laboratories to increase productivity. It also enhances customer satisfaction. With this concept, managerial staff and employees are able to continuously improve processes and solve problems autonomously. Motivation and job satisfaction among workers is sustainably improved because problems are solved quickly and efficiently.

Experiments, checks and tests in laboratories not only affect production times but also product quality and costs. Subject to rising costs and falling contributions in the German health system, especially medical laboratories have to function cost-effectively. Laboratories in the areas of biotechnology, cosmetics and foods as well as in the fields of electronics and microsystems are also responsible for ensuring that new technologies are developed and marketed profitably.

Typical challenges encountered with lean management include:

  • Fluctuating incoming order levels,
  • Inadequate supply of consumables and resources,
  • Lack of knowledge about operative efficiency and laboratory availability,
  • Lack of data to evaluate potentials for improvement and also
  • Insufficient number of trained laboratory staff.


Major improvements in productivity can be achieved in laboratories by implementing lean management.

Fraunhofer IPA supports its customers in implementing lean methods and orientating their laboratories towards process excellence and continuous improvement.

We help you with:

  • Quick checks of potentials,
  • Your lean strategy,
  • Shopfloor management,
  • Workflow planning and control,
  • Optimization of your laboratory processes as well as
  • Material and logistics concepts.