Kanban Made Simple: Demystifying and Applying Toyota's Legendary Manufacturing Process

Kanban Made Simple: Demystifying and Applying Toyota's Legendary Manufacturing Process

Kanban Made Simple: Demystifying and Applying Toyota's Legendary Manufacturing Process

Kanban Made Simple: Demystifying and Applying Toyota's Legendary Manufacturing Process

Synopsis

"Originally developed at Toyota, the approach to manufacturing known as Kanban has helped revolutionize how corporations and suppliers achieve maximum efficiency in getting products to and from the assembly line. When implemented properly, the Kanban technique minimizes waste, avoids overproduction, and ensures quick response to changes and problems.

Kanban Made Simple is the first simple 'how-to' guide for incorporating the just-in-time ingenuity of the Kanban system into any manufacturing environment. From the Japanese word for "visual record," the technique dictates that suppliers deliver parts to the warehouse only as they are needed, reducing storage in the production area. Using before-and-after case studies, this easy-to-follow guide contains information on establishing project goals, forming a Kanban team, and designing the process. Kanban Made Simple helps readers decide if Kanban is right for their organization, then teaches them how to train personnel and administer the program. A ready-to-use CD-ROM, included with the book, guides the Kanban team through the entire implementation process."

Excerpt

We decided to write this book while traveling together on a business trip. Returning from a meeting with a supplier whom we wanted to place on kanban scheduling, we were discussing how resistant the supplier had been to the idea. Our discussion migrated to how most companies and individuals were resistant at first, but that they soon came on board once they understood the benefits of using kanban. We discussed how this resistance stemmed from lack of exposure and the lack of books about how actually to develop and implement kanban scheduling. Twenty miles later we were building what became the fourteen-page outline for this book.

The Best Way to Read this Book

To get the most out of this book, we recommend reading this book in three passes.

❑ On your first pass, flip through the entire book and look at all of the chapters, look at its organization, and look at the figures. Get acquainted with the style and flow.

❑ On the second pass, read the book chapter by chapter. At the start of each chapter, conduct another quick review of the chapter. During this review, flip through the chapter looking at the major topics and figures. Finish this review by reading the chapter summary.

❑ On the final pass, go back to the beginning of the chapter . . .

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