LEAN Manufacturing Implementation

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A Complete Execution Manual for Any Size Manufacturer
By Dennis P. Hobbs
Hardcover, 6×9, 264 pages
ISBN: 978-1-932159-14-1
September 2003
Co-published with APICS

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This proven, easy-to-understand “how to” manual gives you the progressive steps to factory transformation to Lean without the aid of a consultant. It provides a toolbox of techniques for problem solving, continuous improvement, and for operating a Lean manufacturing facility on a day-to-day basis after the initial line design is completed. The book also features Kanban strategies for managing inventory including Single-Card and Multiple-Card Kanban Systems.

Key Features

  • Provides complete guidance for factory conversion to Lean manufacturing without the aid of a consultant
  • Discusses how Lean lines are designed to meet future demand and the factors that impact throughput, scrap, rework, and optionality
  • Covers resource identification, calculation, line design, operational definition, and quality at the task level
  • Explains pull chains and pull sequences and how replenishment time is used to affect inventory velocity and impact inventory turns
  • Explores how company culture is changed, identifies the challenges of implementation, and justifies Lean transformation in dollars and cents, plus much more
  • Offers free downloadable worksheets, charts, templates, checklists, and a glossary of Lean manufacturing terms—available from the Web Added Value™ Download Resource Center

About the author(s)

Dennis Hobbs, CPIM, is a Principal Member of Mfg Matters, LLC, a leading boutique consulting firm that specializes in Lean manufacturing implementation. He has over 30 years of combined line and staff experience in manufacturing, primarily in the field of production planning, inventory control, and materials management. Dennis has successfully implemented the installation of Lean manufacturing systems for numerous manufacturers. As a professional instructor, he has trained over 2500 manufacturing professionals in Lean manufacturing techniques, has published numerous articles, serves as an active member of APICS, and is a sought-after speaker.

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“If you are seriously interested in reducing costs and inventory while increasing revenue and customer satisfaction in a manufacturing environment, read this book.”

– Dave Parrish, Industry Marketing Manager, J.D. Edwards

“Dennis Hobbs clearly carries the scars of a manufacturing professional and the knowledge they produced. A person who cannot use this practical comprehensive reference to devise and implement a lean transformation should consider another line of endeavor.”

– Dennis Hanink, Former Vice President of Quality and Operations, TRW, Inc.