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20 Keys to Workplace Improvement

1st Edition

By Iwao Kobayashi

Productivity Press

304 pages

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pub: 1995-11-01
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20 Keys has helped many manufacturing companies integrate the top manufacturing improvement methods into a coordinated system for drastic and continual improvement in involvement, quality, and productivity. This program provides the strategies necessary to achieve ambitious goals through a five-level scoring system.

The revised edition is improved with upgraded criteria for the five-level scoring system to guide your company to world-class status. New material and updated layout make implementation even easier. Two valuable case studies demonstrate effective use by both a Japanese company and an American manufacturer.


"This is the first work I have read that sets a structure and framework for organizations to follow if they wish to revolutionize the workplace. Kobayashi has removed the mystery of how to accomplish major improvement in a business. His insight is true genius!"

--John Sutter, VP of Manufacturing, National Rubber Company, Inc. June 2004

"An extraordinarily powerful book…pulls together all the strands of world class manufacturing into a package which is readily understandable at all levels of an organization. By using simple drawings Kobayashi truly demonstrates that 'every picture speaks a thousand words' and in the process produces a methodology which ensures that everyone will work together for the common good. Not only does it inspire; it also shows how to achieve."

--Peter D. Wickens, Centre for Achievement in Manuf. Mgmt, U. of Sunderland, June 2004

Table of Contents

  • Key 1: Cleaning and Organizing
  • Key 2: Rationalizing the System/Management of Objectives
  • Key 3: Improving Team Activities
  • Key 4: Reducing Inventory (Shortening Lead Times)
  • Key 5: Quick Changeover Technology
  • Key 6: Manufacturing Value Analysis (Methods Improvement)
  • Key 7: Zero Monitor Manufacturing
  • Key 8: Coupled Manufacturing
  • Key 9: Maintaining Equipment
  • Key 10: Time Control and Commitment
  • Key 11: Quality Assurance System
  • Key 12: Developing Your Supplies
  • Key 13: Eliminating Waste (Treasure Map)
  • Key 14: Empowering Workers to Make Improvements
  • Key 15: Skill Versatility and Cross-Training
  • Key 16: Production Scheduling
  • Key 17: Efficiency Control
  • Key 18: Using Information Systems
  • Key 19: Conserving Energy and Materials
  • Key 20: Leading Technology and Site Technology
  • Implementing the 20 Keys
  • Appendixes
  • Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control