Lean Manufacturing for the Small Shop,
2nd Edition - $64.95
Thousands of people at
hundreds of companies have used the
Shingo-Prize-Award-winning first edition of "Lean
Manufacturing for the Small Shop" as their how-to guide to
shortening delivery times, eliminating waste, improving
quality, and reducing costs.
Revised and expanded, the
Second Edition describes not only what to do, but includes
many tools useful to the reader describing how to do it.
The principles of the
Toyota production system are effective in any industry and
within any company. But the challenge is to apply the
right tool, at the right place, at the right time, while
maintaining the flexibility and nimble nature required of
Customized to be applicable
to this environment, some of the tools explored include
kaizen, value stream mapping, task time, determining
optimum lot sizes, setup reduction, flow, standard work
instructions, problem solving, overall equipment
effectiveness, jidoka and poka yoke, pull systems,
standard work-in-process, and facility planning.
To help a company benchmark
progress, there is also a lean self-assessment included.
The lean journey requires a
long-range vision. It is a never-ending process of
improvement and change. No easy matter, adopting the lean
culture requires thoughtful attention to modifying
behaviors, long-held beliefs, and values.
Chapters on leading change,
training, teams, and people relate helpful tips, examples,
and strategies for transforming to a lean and green
Author Gary Conner has
added new case studies, anecdotes, tools, and techniques
he has developed through his experiences in implementing
lean in many "mom and pop" shops. Kaizen is hard work.
The techniques and methods
he shares will help lean implementers ensure that the
transformation provides long-lasting gains.
Gary Conner has over 25 years
of manufacturing experience with 15 years dedicated to
implementing lean manufacturing in companies of all sizes,
from mom-and-pop shops with 10 workers to multinational
corporations with 15,000 or more employees.
In his consultancy, Lean
Enterprise Training (Newport, Ore.), he has worked in 14
different industries, contracted with over 120 different
companies, and facilitated over 400 kaizen projects,
training tens of thousands of people in skills such as
value stream mapping, setup reduction, 5S, team building,
six sigma, and facilities layout planning.
An accomplished ISO 9000
certified lead auditor, Gary is also a college instructor
and has authored four textbooks related to world-class
manufacturing. In 2002, Gary's first edition of this book,
"Lean Manufacturing for the Small Shop," received the
distinguished Shingo Prize Award. He was also awarded
Manufacturer of the Year in 2004 by Chapter 63 of the
Society of Manufacturing Engineers.