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

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


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"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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814413296
Publisher: AMACOM
Publication date: 05/13/2003
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,110,422
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

About the Author

John M. Gross (Washington, MO) is the author of The Fundamentals of Preventive Maintenance. Kenneth R. McInnis (Washington, MO) has been published internationally on the subject of productivity.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Introduction to Kanban1
Chapter 2Forming Your Kanban Team19
Chapter 3Conduct Data Collection32
Chapter 4Size the Kanban48
Chapter 5Developing a Kanban Design86
Chapter 6Training124
Chapter 7Initial Startup and Common Pitfalls137
Chapter 8Auditing the Kanban148
Chapter 9Improving the Kanban158
Chapter 10Conclusion178
Appendix AMRP vs. Kanban181
Appendix BKanban Supermarkets185
Appendix CTwo-Bin Kanban Systems189
Appendix DOrganizational Changes Required for Kanban197
Appendix EEOQ vs. Kanban203
Appendix FImplementation in Large Plants215
Appendix GIntra-Cell Kanban219
Appendix HCase Study 1: Motor Plant--Casting Kanban223
Appendix ICase Study 2: Rubber Extrusion Plant233
Appendix JAcronyms247
About the Authors259

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