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New Manufacturing Challenge: Techniques for Continuous Improvement Hardcover – Jul 22 1987


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  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (July 22 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0029320402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0029320402
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.1 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #387,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maintaining world competitiveness has been the clarion call for many industries in the 1980s. For manufacturing companies, improving production efficiency has been the key. This work lays out specific suggestions for improving manufacturing techniques on the shop floor. The chapters, profusely illustrated, treat topics such as quick setup, job rotation, U-shaped production lines, and preventive maintenance. In each, the author uses his diverse experience as an efficiency expert for several leading consulting houses to good advantage. However, the volume lacks a strong philosophical framework and comes off rather like a dry list of helpful hints. Recommended only for production specialists. Gene R. Laczniak, Coll. of Business Administration, Marquette Univ., Milwaukee
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Kiyoshi Suzaki is president of The Eucalyptus Group in Pacific Palisades, California and an internationally recognized consultant on manufacturing competitiveness in various industries in the United States, Europe, and the Far East. Besides consulting, he lectures in major universities, serves on the board of directors of several U.S. companies and as an advisor to Japan Technology Transfer Association. Mr. Suzaki is author and co-author of two books on manufacturing published in Japan and France. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By J. head on May 17 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is THE book for hands-on actual implementation of lean production techniques. This book answers the difficult problems accompaning implementation of the Toyota Production System. It is written in an easily understood straight-forward style. In my opinion this is the best book on boosting shopfloor efficiency. It does not shy away from discussing the problem areas. The author proves he has "been there and done it". An example is the Kanban system usually described in most books as a sytem where cards control the shop floor work flow. This book describes in detail various Kanban systems to handle the situations where the work flow is interrupted by processes requiring outside vendors or where an operation such as heat treating will slow the process. I rated this book five stars because it discusses real problems and solutions.
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I still go back to this now a classic to get the sense out of it. There are many techniques, ideas, but more importantly, it points the appreciation of people engaged in the process of continuous improvement as a core to drive us to move forward. Whatever way people may call this stuff, the person who discovered the principle of improvement cannot but to move on in his life for the betterment.
By the way, there is a 3.5hour video correponding to this book still available at SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers). Read the book, share the examples, confirm the principle, practice the heartbeat of improvement, and keep on moving forward.
Good luck!
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The book covers the basic concepts often associated with Toyota Production System. Suzaki takes it one step farther by adding his own creativity and experiences as a lean manufacturing consultant. This is one of the best and most inspirational books I have read on the subject of continuous improvements. ~ Rhett A. Cooper
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This book could have been written by taking exerps from other books on TPS and rearranging the pages. Same old, same old more same old.
We need an American's view on the practicle application of TPS not advice from some guy from Japan who doesn't have the faintest idea of American culture or people. So there!
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