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Total Flow Management: Achieving Excellence with Kaizen and Lean Supply Chains Hardcover – April 1, 2009

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Euclides A. Coimbra has been designing and implementing lean transformations worldwide over the past 12 years with Kaizen Institute.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Kaizen Institute; 1st edition edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0473146592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0473146597
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 7.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,347,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This highly practical book takes the reader through not only the door-to-door lean operation redesign for reliability, flow, pull and synchronization but also extends these principles to external logistics and the supply chain. Although the content is technical, it is clearly and succinctly written. The 17 chapters are filled with photos, diagrams, drawings and charts to illustrate the ideas, many of them in color.

The book begins with a discussion of the general paradigms and mental models important to lean and kaizen. This is a good introduction for the reader new to lean manufacturing and lean logistics, and always a good review for more advanced readers. Before diving into the details of applying lean principles to streamlining internal and external logistics, the author establishes the need for basic reliability, stability and other key enablers including standard work, line and layout design, quick changeovers, low-cost automation and material replenishment (called Border of Line).

The final 50 pages of the book turn theory into practice, detailing how to implement these concepts beginning with current state analysis, setting KPIs (key performance indicators) and designing the future state map. The appendices provide additional practical and useful examples of kanban systems and their loops and calculations, logistics planning algorithms, and a Total Flow Management self-assessment scorecard.

Future editions of this book could be improved by providing a glossary of the key terms and concepts contained within it.

The author Euclides Coimbra is a respected colleague of mine at Kaizen Institute.
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By Kamel on October 29, 2012
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Very Nice book,
it contains basic explanations regarding "Total Flow management" : from customers to suppliers.
You will find tools, examples,.. which show us how to link production, internal logistic and external logistic to create a continuous flow.
This book will help you to achieve an Efficient Supply Chain and Efficient production System.

Kamel
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Too much repetition with not enough focus on execution. The book has excellent details for strategy planning and recommend it for executives to have an understanding of the advantageous of a pull model
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