It should not be surprising that the application of world-class manufacturing techniques is even more critical to company survival than it was even a decade ago. In Lean Epiphanies, lean expert and Shing Prize winning author Gary Conner relates inspirational stories of the places he has been, the companies he has worked with, and the people he has met in his Lean Enterprise Training consultancy over the course of the last 20 years. Conner's experience conducting hundreds of continuous improvement events involving thousands of team members led to his writing this fun, easy-to-read collection of short stories. Readers will find the conversational style refreshing and the insights transformative and encouraging in their own continuous improvement efforts. Each short story relates an Aha! moment that teaches something new. Lean newcomers and seasoned practitioners alike will learn through Conner's compelling insights into human nature, company culture, leadership, and what it takes for business success in the changing dynamics of the new world economy.
Tough times call for lean measures. Thousands of people at hundreds of companies have used the Shingo-Prize-Award-winning first edition of Lean Manufacturing for the Small Shop as their how-to guide to shortening delivery times, eliminating waste, improving quality, and reducing costs. Revised and expanded, the Second Edition describes not only what to do, but includes many tools useful to the reader describing how to do it. The principles of the Toyota production system are effective in any industry and within any company. But the challenge is to apply the right tool, at the right place, at the right time, while maintaining the flexibility and nimble nature required of smaller shops.Customized to be applicable to this environment, some of the tools explored include kaizen, value stream mapping, takt time, determining optimum lot sizes, setup reduction, flow, standard work instructions, problem solving, overall equipment effectiveness, jidoka and poka yoke, pull systems, standard work-in-process, and facility planning. To help a company benchmark progress, there is also a lean self-assessment included. The lean journey requires a long-range vision. It is a never-ending process of improvement and change. No easy matter, adopting the lean culture requires thoughtful attention to modifying behaviors, long-held beliefs, and values. Chapters on leading change, training, teams, and people relate helpful tips, examples, and strategies for transforming to a lean and green culture.Author Gary Conner has added new case studies, anecdotes, tools, and techniques he has developed through his experiences in implementing lean in many 'mom and pop' shops. Kaizen is hard work. The techniques and methods he shares will help lean implementers ensure that the transformation provides long-lasting gains.
This book, written by the author of the award-winning best-seller Lean Manufacturing for the Small Shop, describes six sigma, what it is, and how it is used in smaller companies. While it concentrates on six sigma in the small shop environment, it shows the relationship between continuous improvement, lean, and quality. This book focuses on implementation for operators and team leaders, as well as managers and job shop owners. It explains how continuous improvement tools support each other and can accomplish what one or two tools (on their own) cannot.