Lean Manufacturing in Build to Order, Complex and Variable Environments

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Today's customers want products configured just the way they want, delivered as fast as possible, and only in the quantity needed. In the past, many different configurations would have been built and held in inventory in order to meet these requirements. Today, that isn't practical. Inventory ties up capital, takes up space, and in today's rapidly changing environment, can quickly become outdated.

The solution is Lean Manufacturing ? making ...

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Overview

Today's customers want products configured just the way they want, delivered as fast as possible, and only in the quantity needed. In the past, many different configurations would have been built and held in inventory in order to meet these requirements. Today, that isn't practical. Inventory ties up capital, takes up space, and in today's rapidly changing environment, can quickly become outdated.

The solution is Lean Manufacturing — making just what the customer wants once he has already placed an order for it. This isn't difficult in repetitive environments. But can it be done in environments that are build-to-order, complex and variable?

Complex products present many challenges. But the authors of this book have found it can be done using the right production techniques coupled with sophisticated scheduling software. They explain how their techniques are being used today in factories in the U.S., Italy, Romania and other countries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892538413
  • Publisher: Oaklea Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Lean Transformation
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

The authors are leaders of J. L. Larco & Associates, a firm specializing in Lean manufacturing, serving clients world wide. This is their third book. One, Lean Transformation, translated into six languages with more than 75,000 in print, is required reading for Lean certification by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     7
Foreword     9
Introduction     11
Lean Manufacturing in a Highly Variable Environment     18
Layout and Factory Design     36
Scheduling and Support     81
Supporting the Build-to-Order Operation     117
Bringing About Change     144
Measuring Your Lean Transformation     160
Key Factors for Lean Enterprise Success     176
Index     189
About the Authors     190
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