Fundamental Principles of Lean Manufacturing is the latest discovered and newly translated book from Dr. Shigeo Shingo, the engineering genius and driving force behind the successful realization of the Toyota Production System and Lean Manufacturing. This first-time-in-translation book will give modern readers total access to the fundamentals of improving any process.
Praise for the Book
The greatest value of this book is an opportunity to learn how a master sensei thinks about operations improvement. We see how Dr. Shingo thought both about macro-improvement of value streams and micro-process improvement.
New York Times best-selling author, The Toyota Way
This books gives the reader the most wide-ranging overview of Shingo’s contributions to modern industrial engineering and Lean, many not found in any of Shingo’s previously published works. To those new to Shingo and his works, this book offers an excellent introduction. To old friends of his concepts,…this book unveils approaches to facility improvements like transportation, delay, capacity and flow analysis, not previously available in any English translation of Shingo’s before.
Jeremy Green, Ph.D., Master Black Belt
Director, Emerald Valley-High Performance Enterprises Consortium
Please use this book, in your teams, and follow Dr. Shingo’s advice and Do it! You will surely see the miracles happen.
Norman Bodek, Founder of Productivity Press, Co-founder of the Shingo Prize
President, PCS Press
Dr. Shingo is brilliant… I can not believe it was not translated 25 years ago. Read this book, study his analysis of Capacity Planning, Flow Analytics, the Coefficient of difficulty to layout design – 10 absolutely brilliant steps to determining the best layout. I could spend a career training organizations on this aspect of Dr. Shingo’s brilliance alone!
Collin McLoughlin, President
Enna Products Corporation
Learn “how to think”… like Dr. Shingo thinks…
Dr. Shingo directs the reader towards the path of flow operations, the ultimate and attainable goal of process improvement. His method of providing numerous examples with easy to understand, yet in-depth explanations of problem solving, is well represented throughout this book, this method has always been the key to Dr. Shingo’s success.
Presented as the foundation to the principles of Lean Operations, Dr. Shingo instructs and illustrates the core successes to:
- Process Improvement
- Operations Improvement
- Facility Improvement, and
- Improving the Improvement Process
This book is a must read for any manager, engineer, executive, or employee with a passion for Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement, Fundamental Principles of Lean Manufacturing provides the technical know-how to plot a course of improvement, the practical application of tools such as Kanban and Layout Design are revealed. Again, Dr. Shingo shows you how to use his logic to take advantage of these lean tools to solve problems– invaluable! --Publisher
About the Author
Dr. Shigeo Shingo along with Frederick Taylor, Henry Ford and Taiichi Ohno are probably the four greatest manufacturing minds in the last 100 years. Dr. Shingo was born in 1909 in Saga City, Japan, graduated from Saga Technical High School and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yamanashi Technical College and received an honorary doctorate degree from Utah State University. He taught over 3000 Toyota engineers in the principles stated in this new book Fundamental Principles of Lean Manufacturing.
Dr. Shingo authored over 20 books, eight in English:
- A Study of the Toyota Production System
- Revolution in Manufacturing: The SMED System
- Zero Quality Control: Source Inspection and the Poka-Yoke System
- The Sayings of Shigeo Shingo: Key Strategies for Plant Improvement
- Non-Stock Production: The Shingo System for Continuous Improvement, and
- The Shingo Production Management System: Improving Process Functions
- Kaizen and the Art of Creative Thinking: The Scientific Thinking Mechanism
- Fundamental Principles of Lean Manufacturing