BROOKINGS, S.D., March 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Daktronics (Nasdaq:DAKT) announces that the implementation of lean manufacturing principles is reinforcing the company's commitment to efficiency and building high-quality, reliable products. Lean practices help manufacturers to continuously eliminate any resource expenditure that doesn't create value for the customer.
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"As a result of our lean efforts, we've seen a 60 percent increase in factory efficiency," says Neil Andal, Daktronics lean manufacturing manager. "Standardizing our processes across the company empowers us to build a higher-quality product in all our factories."

Daktronics began implementing lean production techniques in 2006 to establish stable, capable and repeatable processes. This consistency results in a superior product and reduced lead times.

Daktronics owns 725,000 square feet of manufacturing space. A tour of the facilities reveals not only lean principles in action, but American manufacturing, too. Display cabinets, controllers, temperature sensors and light sensors are all made in the U.S.A., as well as the LED modules.

"While many in the industry outsource module production to low-cost regions of the world, Daktronics assembles the components of our modules domestically. We are able to do this by continually improving the efficiency of our engineering and manufacturing processes," says Andal.

As a final quality check, the company tests the entire display system before shipping it to the customer. The Daktronics reliability lab, installed in 2009, uses the latest advancements in environmental technology to test the limits of every product.

"Some manufacturers just test components separately and rely on the first test to be on site," says Andal.

Lean principles at Daktronics derive from a philosophy developed by people as diverse as Henry Ford and Taiichi Ohno. American car manufacturer Ford implemented lean concepts in his "continuous flow" assembly lines in 1910. Japanese businessman Taiichi Ohno and others developed the Toyota Product System (TPS) between 1948 and 1975, an improvement on Ford's more inflexible methods. Toyota's success after using TPS brought worldwide attention to lean manufacturing concepts.

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Daktronics has strong leadership positions in, and is one of the world's largest suppliers of electronic computer programmable message displays, large screen video displays, scoreboards and control systems. The company provides dynamic outdoor LED displays to the outdoor advertising industry for use in third party advertising applications. Daktronics excels in the control of large display networks through the use of our content creation, advertisement logging and content management software systems. Established in 1968, Daktronics designs, manufacturers, markets and services display systems for customers around the world. For more information about Daktronics, visit

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