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Fast Track to Waste-Free Manufacturing: Straight Talk from a Plant Manager / Edition 1

Fast Track to Waste-Free Manufacturing: Straight Talk from a Plant Manager / Edition 1

by John W. Davis


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Manufacturing in the United States is currently undergoing a major transition, yet large numbers of manufacturers simply do not recognize what it is all about. Many still operate under out dated manufacturing practices and do not see that the enemy is not the competition, but rather their own system of production. Batch, or mass manufacturing is st

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781563272127
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/19/1999
Series: Shopfloor Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: The Revolution Has Just Begun
  2. Confronting the Deep Dark Dungeon
  3. The Plant Manager's Manifesto
  4. The New Competition and the Old Barriers
  5. Waste-Free Manufacturing—changing the rules
  6. Examining the WFM Drivers
  7. Beginning the WFM Journey
  8. Changing the Culture
  9. Measuring Progress—what to measure and how
  10. Organizational and Operational Issues to Support WFM
  11. Staying the Course on Your Never-Ending Journey


Why this book was written

After almost 30 years in manufacturing, which included time in the plant management ranks, I was provided the opportunity to lead a team of professionals who were assigned the task of helping operations implement the principles, concepts and techniques of "lean manufacturing". This team literally traveled the globe for a period of four years and worked with plants who were vastly diversified in the products and services they provided. It was in this role where it became apparent to me that the problems most organizations suffer in making the substantial change, associated with moving from a "batch" manufacturing environment to "lean" manufacturing principles, rests not with any lack of will but in knowing precisely what to do and when to do it. Further, little if any material existed regarding such subjects as how to work with the union, how to best utilize "displaced employees", how to seriously and effectively measure the change process and, most important, how to know when you have indeed made significant steps in this never ending journey. I therefore felt compelled to document my thoughts and experiences on the subject and as a result, with the superb help and support of Productivity Press, Fast Track To Waste Free Manufacturing became a reality. It is my sincere hope that this work will serve to help those charged with the enormous task of effectively shifting their manufacturing operations to a globally competitive status.

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