2nd Edition

JIT Implementation Manual -- The Complete Guide to Just-In-Time Manufacturing
Volume 3 -- Flow Manufacturing -- Multi-Process Operations and Kanban

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ISBN 9781420090260
Published April 27, 2009 by Productivity Press
194 Pages 89 B/W Illustrations

USD $49.95

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Book Description

"It is a book for manufacturing companies that are fighting desperately for survival and that will go to any length to improve their factories and overcome the obstacles to success. One could even call this book a ‘bible’ for corporate survival."—Hiroyuki Hirano


Known as the JIT bible in Japan, JIT Implementation Manual — The Complete Guide to Just-in-Time Manufacturing presents the genius of Hiroyuki Hirano, a top international consultant with vast experience throughout Asia and the West. Encyclopedic in scope, this six-volume practical reference provides unparalleled information on every aspect of JIT— the waste-eliminating, market-oriented production system. This historic, yet timeless classic is just as crucial in today’s fast-changing global marketplace as when it was first published in Japan 20 years ago.

Covering all the techniques essential to setting up a flow production system in manufacturing, Volume 3: Flow Manufacturing — Multi-Process Operations and Kanban includes a basic introduction to the relationship between inventory and flow production and their roles in manufacturing. It also provides discussion of multi-process operations and precautions and procedures for developing them. Outlining the key topic of labor cost reduction and steps to achieving it, this definitive volume also covers the essentials of kanban and visual control systems in a flow manufacturing environment.

Table of Contents

Flow Production
Why Inventory Is Bad
What Is Flow Production?
Flow Production within and between Factories

Multi-Process Operations
Multi-Process Operations: A Wellspring for Humanity on the Job
The Difference between Horizontal Multi-Unit Operations and Vertical Multi-Process Operations
Questions and Key Points about Multi-Process Operations
Precautions and Procedures for Developing Multi-Process Operations

Labor Cost Reduction
What Is Labor Cost Reduction?
Labor Cost Reduction Steps
Points for Achieving Labor Cost Reduction
Visible Labor Cost Reduction

Differences between the Kanban System and Conventional Systems
Functions and Rules of Kanban
How to Determine the Variety and Quantity of Kanban
Administration of Kanban

Visual Control
What Is Visual Control?
Case Study: Visual Orderliness (Seiton)
Standing Signboards
Andon: Illuminating Problems in the Factory
Production Management Boards: At-a-Glance Supervision
Relationship between Visual Control and Kaizen

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