Digital Lean programme

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Ready to reap the rewards of incorporating new technologies into your business model? Find out how the Digital Lean programme can boost your performance.

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What is Digital Lean and what are the benefits?

Digital Lean builds on proven Lean methodologies, helping your business incorporate fit-for-purpose new technologies into your business model. It’s about helping businesses adapt to Industry 4.0 –  the fusion of technologies that are blurring the lines between the physical, digital and cyber-physical.

Knowing when and how to incorporate these new technologies, such as robotics and artificial intelligence, into your business isn’t easy. Through Digital Lean, you’ll have support from a dedicated Digital Lean coach over a maximum of 12 months. 

Digital Lean will help you: 

  • Boost your competitive advantage, better avoid disruption, and attract a more diverse workforce.
  • Identify where Industry 4.0 can be integrated with your signature processes to increase productivity.
  • Build upon your existing Lean capability, and gain confidence to invest in digital technologies.
  • Gain actionable insights from your data.
  • Build capability to think big, start small and scale fast through Industry 4.0.

Introducing Digital Lean

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Who is Digital Lean for?

Digital Lean is designed for businesses that have already completed Callaghan Innovation’s Lean programme, or equivalent training/capability building around continuous improvement, theory of constraints, or similar. 

The programme is ideal for businesses keen to invest in new technologies and to work towards a digital transformation in their business model, but that doesn’t know where or how to start. Digital Lean is designed for:

  • medium to large-scale high-value manufacturing and services businesses
  • medium to large-scale food and beverage and agri-tech businesses

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How does Digital Lean work?

Digital Lean is a 12-month co-funded coaching programme with one of our approved consultants. You’ll select a Digital Lean service provider from the Digital Lean Service provider directory, and work with them to come up with a high-level implementation plan over the next 12 months. 

Examples of where Industry 4.0 can be implemented through Digital Lean include:

  • Problem definition and testing
  • Data gathering and analysis
  • Process design and optimisation 
  • Business model design and testing
  • Supply chain management
  • Product lifecycle management
  • Health and safety
  • Sustainability and environmental impact.

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How can you sign up and how much does it cost?

To register interest in Digital Lean, you’ll complete a simple application, to help us determine what your Industry 4.0 transformation could look like. 

Digital Lean is a co-funded programme – you pay 60%, and we fund 40%, up to a maximum of $20,000. See our Digital Lean Terms and Conditions for more details. Total programme costs over 12 months will vary depending on your customised implementation plan. 

To register or find out more, please contact our

Customer Support team

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Digital Lean in action

Case studies

An oasis of innovation as Tauranga manufacturer embraces Industry 4.0

Production Supervisor at Oasis

Tauranga engineering business, Oasis Engineering, is shipping better products faster, due to employing Lean methodologies in its product development and manufacturing processes. Read more...

Data-driven forecasting changing our meat industry

Silver Fern Farms

Silver Fern Farms is using data analytics to better predict the offal yield from cattle. The Digital Lean project has increased staff engagement and response to production bottlenecks and is expected to drive wider improvements too. Read more...

Leaning in

Gallagher Lean 2.0

Manufacturing success stories Tait and Gallagher are leading the way again in developing a programme to teach other Kiwi firms how to go digital. Read more...

Lion faces its fear of failure

Callaghan Innovation’s Digital Lean programme enabled the brewer to experiment with predictive analytics and pilot a new equipment-monitoring system. Read more...

Steely determination

NZ Steel joined Callaghan Innovation’s Digital Lean programme to improve the steelmaker’s capability to track large coils of steel used across NZ for roofing, cladding, gutters and spouting. Read more...

Updated: 16 November 2022