Are your warehouses full while production is stopped by shortages?
Do your customers complain that your lead times are too long and deliveries too late?
Lean Logistics: The Nuts and Bolts of Delivering Materials and Goods by Michel Baudin helps you determine whether you have the right supply to meet your customers’ demands, as well as the ability to organize and deliver that supply. In this cutting edge work, Baudin addresses the physical infrastructure of lean logistics and the flow of information that composes its nervous system. He demonstrates the methods that will allow you to avoid shortages while maintaining low inventories, while showing you how to take advantage of the increased capacity and flexibility generated through lean manufacturing.
This book picks up where the Baudin’s previous book, Lean Assembly, left off.
"For anyone keenly interested in lean manufacturing, and hence eliminating waste, Lean Logistics provides a practical guide to streamlining operations. Establishing an adequate flow of materials, at the right time and place, must occur where information is turned into intelligence and value-adding activity takes place. In this process, improving the quality, cost and delivery performance are foremost while the safety and morale of people are also recognized. By viewing Baudin’s techniques as tools to use in striving for this ideal, the astute reader should study this book and experiment with its ideas.…"
Kiyoshi Suzaki, January 2005
"…Baudin completely covers the details of distribution, customer-supplier relationships and production control information flows."
"…This nuts-and-bolts instructional text covers the details of physical distribution, customer-supplier relationships, and production control information flows…"
"… meaty but accessible, with plenty of helpful diagrams, charts, and photos."
various reviews 2005
PART I: Overview of Lean Logistics
Chapter 1: What is Lean Logistics?
Chapter 2: The Lean Approach to Logistics
PART II: Dock-to-Dock Logistics inside the Plant
Chapter 3: Transportation Inside the Plant
Chapter 4: Warehousing Strategies and Devices
Chapter 5: Warehousing Management
Chapter 6: Warehousing Materials, WIPS, and Finished Goods
PART III: Material Flows in the Supply Chain
Chapter 7: Supplier Milk Runs
Chapter 8: Consolidation Centers Near the Plant
Chapter 9: Packaging and Returnable Containers
PART IV: Logistics Information Systems
Chapter 10: Pull Systems
Chapter 11: Manual Pull Signals
Chapter 12: Hybrid and Electronic Pull Signals
Chapter 13: Kanban Operating Policies
Chapter 14: Scheduling Principles
Chapter 15: Scheduling Lines with Setups Between Products
Chapter 16: Leveled Sequencing of Mixed-Flow Assembly
Chapter 17: Production Planning and Forecasting
PART V: Business Relationships in a Supply Network
Chapter 18: Third-Party Logistics
Chapter 19: Supplier-Customer Relationships
Chapter 20: Supplier Support
Where should you go from here?