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Lean Manufacturing: A Plant Floor Guide [Hardcover]

David Stewart , Charles Robinson , John Allen
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September 7, 2001 0872635252 978-0872635258
This book provides an overview and a specific rationale for your initiative. It is an easy-to-digest reference to aspects of lean that you may not have known about. It's a virtual toolbox of information that can be readily put to use on the plant floor. It takes readers on a comprehensive, 'street-level' journey through the entire lean implementation process. It is an easy-to-digest reference of lean fundamentals and processes that are mission-critical to a successful lean transformation in any plant. The information in this book can be readily put to use on the plant floor. Specific chapters on mapping the value stream, policy deployment, the five-phase implementation process, and problem-solving crystallize concepts with a pragmatic approach. In addition, the brownfield implementation chapter is a must-read for anyone contemplating a lean changeover from traditional mass production.

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About the Author

Editors John Allen and Charles Robinson are internationally recognized as premier authorities on lean manufacturing, and David Stewart is a doctor of clinical psychology and an expert in change management during lean implementations.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Society of Manufacturing Engineers (September 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872635252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872635258
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A user looks at the guide after implementing Lean October 4, 2001
This book is written in a lean manner. It is simple, common and easy to read. It describes ordinary things and ideas very clearly and with one purpose. This book provides all the roadmap, tools and insight needed to allow plants to achieve excellence. The authors take great pains to address common failures issues. They provide a single source handbook that any plant can understand and use, a source with example metrics and tools, with logic and simple ideas to prevent and overcome the daily issues faced by the team that implements Lean.
This is not a book that deals much about soft issues. It is not a fuzzy warm feeling book about the people side, nor is it a motivational "you can do it" book. It is a frank easy to read book about simple steps and simple ideas that make plants great. It explains the people issues and the fact that unless working teams make the decisions and changes Lean will not happen. It is a long book, more of handbook length, but much easier to read.
Lean Manufacturing: A Plant Floor Guide fills the space between a detailed "How To" text and an overview. It provides coverage of every key issue in moving to Lean Manufacturing, offering rationale, plans and encouragement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great reference! October 3, 2001
From understanding your customers needs, metrics, building a solid business case and launching a methodical process, this book has all the tools necessary for a sound lean transition.
Perhaps most importantly, it offers reliable advice on overcoming resistance and building an effective team.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book January 27, 2006
From the opening pages, to the last, this book summed up how to take your plant and make it "lean."

I have used the guidelines in the book at work and it has seemed to work seemlessly.

The information was sound and true. If you are looking for a down to earth approach and a way to get it done, then get this book!
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