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This book, the fourth in a series dedicated to Standardized Work, focuses on process improvement. It begins by explaining that standardization and improvement are the two faces of the same coin. They both need each other to be sustainable. The book presents powerful yet simple, quick and zero-CAPEX methods for process improvement that are based on intensive and structured observation for uncovering simple and quick actions. Numerous examples, charts, and drawings are used to convey the knowledge effectively.
This book describes how a multinational company developed a global structure for learning around the TWI program in order to create and sustain standardized work across multiple language and cultural platforms. Shingo Prize-winning author, Patrick Graupp collaborates with two practitioners who performed the planning and implementation of LEGO's worldwide Learning Organization. Complete with the organization and implementation models used by LEGO, this book describes the critical elements that made the implementation a success as well as the stumbling blocks that were encountered and how they were overcome.
Quick Changeover Concepts Applied: Dramatically Reduce Set-Up Time and Increase Production Flexibility with SMED provides a comprehensive overview of changeovers from a strategic, tactical, and operational perspective. It outlines specific strategies that can help readers shorten internal set-up steps through the physical analysis of machine elements. The method presented is the result of a synthesis of Shigeo Shingo’s classic single-minute exchange of die (SMED) methodology with modern engineering techniques.
Focused on interpersonal management skills, Leadership Basics for Frontline Managers: Tips for Raising Your Level of Effectiveness and Communication explains what it takes to improve how you communicate and relate to your employees, customers, and bosses. It presents 25 chapters grouped into four categories: Personal Effectiveness, Leadership, Communication, and Your Career.
Kamishibai Boards: A Lean Visual Management System That Supports Layered Audits explains how to use this visual management system to identify normal conditions versus abnormal conditions in your organization. Filled with easy-to-follow instructions that require minimal training, it outlines a layered audit system for sustaining continuous improvement that can be applied to any organization in any industry.
Filled with practical examples, the book shares proven methods that can help you convert changeover downtime to productive uptime. It explains why reducing changeover time is important financially and provides a structured methodology to help you identify and implement improvement opportunities.
Equipment Management in the Post-Maintenance Era introduces a new way of thinking to help high-tech organizations manage an increasingly complex equipment base. It also facilitates the fundamental understanding of equipment management those in traditional industries will need to prepare for the emerging microchip era in equipment.
Implementing Standardized Work explains how to measure the performance of operators quickly and simply without sacrificing accuracy. Detailing how to identify the most efficient operators and how to monitor their improvement over time, it describes a method that has been applied with success for years in the automotive industry. Grounded in one of the basic laws of factory physics - mastery of variability - this method can be automated very easily and thereby requires no labor consumption.
This book covers each of the components of lean within the context of the entire lean production system. The author's straightforward common sense approach makes this book an easily accessible on-the-floor resource for every operator.
The new and revised edition of this modern day classic provides the critical piece that will make any lean transformation a dynamic continuous success. It shows you how to implement a transformation that cannot fail by developing a culture that will have all your stakeholders involved in the process and invested in the outcome. It will teach you how to build success from the top down and the bottom up at the same time.
Easy-to-read and apply, each section of the text is loaded with questions, outlines, summaries, diagrams and illustrations. Most importantly, 5S for Operators>provides the foundational knowledge that is essential for implementing not just the 5S System, but overall manufacturing improvements like shorter equipment changeovers, just-in-time inventory, total quality management and total productive maintenance.
Notably flexible and brief, the A3 report has proven to be a key tool In Toyota's successful move toward organizational efficiency, effectiveness, and improvement, especially within its engineering and R&D organizations. The authors provide a number of examples as well as some very practical advice on how to write and review A3 reports