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LEAN PRODUCTION

 

How to Use the Highly Effective Japanese 

Concept of Kaizen  to Improve Your Efficiency

 

By: Jim Thompson

 


 

 

 

HOW THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU

 

LEAN PRODUCTION - How to Use the Highly Effective Japanese Concept of Kaizen to Improve Your Efficiency will appeal to both a general self-help audience, as well as those with business and manufacturing interests.


It provides specific techniques and behaviours to improve our effectiveness and packages them into an easily understandable philosophy of reducing waste in our lives.

 

The system described in this book has been used very effectively in manufacturing in Japan for over forty years. Those who have come into contact with it invariably and almost naturally adopt it to their personal lives.

 

This book will assist self-helpers who wish to improve their inner peace or, less spiritually, show entrepreneurs, managers and employees how to hone that corporate edge; so essential in today's highly competitive global marketplace.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Jim Thompson served as Personnel Director for the GM Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac Central Office. He studied lean production systems first-hand, as a member of the General Motors Technical Liaison Office (TLO) with NUMMI (a GM/Toyota joint venture) in Fremont, California.


After fourteen years with General Motors, he became Vice-President of Human Resources for the Walker Manufacturing Company, a division of Tenneco. He is currently President of In*Sight Management, Inc, a lean production consulting firm.

 

Mr. Thompson holds a BA, MA, EdS and MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a dynamic and humorous speaker who popularizes lean production techniques to eliminate waste and restore sanity to our lives.




CONTENTS

 

Introduction

Kaizen

Problems


Cost Reduction

Elimination of Waste

Just-in-Time

Two for One

Leveling

Quick Set-Up

 

Quality Improvement

Quality

Error Proofing

Standardized Work

Tool-Time

Total Productive Maintenance

 

Creating the Environment

Workplace Organization

The People

The Suppliers

Support for the Operator

Organization of Machines

Visual Controls

The 5S

 

The Winning Formula

 

 


LEAN PRODUCTION - How to Use the Highly Effective Japanese Concept of Kaizen to Improve Your Efficiency: by Jim Thompson, 146 pages, softcover, ISBN 978-1-896210-42-1; published in 1997; $24.95.

 

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