2nd Edition

Lean for the Process Industries Dealing with Complexity, Second Edition

By Peter L. King Copyright 2020
    368 Pages 150 Color Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    368 Pages 150 Color Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    Compared to its widespread implementation across almost all areas of production, Lean improvement efforts lag within the process industries. While many innovators have successfully applied Lean principles to these industries during the past three decades, most of those pioneering efforts were never recorded to guide the improvement efforts of others.

    Drawing on more than 40 years of application experience at one of the world’s largest chemical and materials manufacturers, coupled with 10 years in private practice, Peter King corrects this void by providing the first comprehensive resource written explicitly for change agents within the process industries. Focusing on areas where the improvement needs of the process industry differ from parts assembly manufacturing, Lean for the Process Industries: Dealing with Complexity, Second Edition:

    • Covers each of the eight wastes commonly described in Lean literature, looking at how they manifest themselves in process operations. 
    • Explains how to adapt value stream mapping for process operations. 
    • Shows how to identify the root causes of bottlenecks, and how to manage them to optimize flow until they can be eliminated.
    • Provides practical techniques to overcome the barriers which have prevented the application of Cellular Manufacturing to process operations. 
    • Discusses the role of business leadership in a Lean strategy, describing both enabling and counter-productive management behaviors 

    Since the publication of the first edition of this book, Peter King has been busy consulting with food, beverage, gasoline additive, and nutraceutical companies -- these new experiences have broadened his perspectives on certain Lean processes and have given him a richer set of examples to discuss in this new edition.

    While Value Stream Mapping is a very powerful tool to understand flow, bottlenecks, and waste in an operation, the traditional format as presented in many other books does not describe all of the data required to fully understand process flow and its detractors. This new edition highlights the necessary additions with examples of why they are useful.

    Product wheel scheduling achieves production leveling in a far more comprehensive and effective way than traditional heijunka methods. This edition has a more thorough description of the wheel concept and design steps, and more examples from actual applications.

    Introduction: Lean Overview The Process Industries: what makes them unique Value Stream Mapping the Process Industries The Basics: Kaizen Events The 8 Wastes in the Process Industries Set-up reduction & SMED Total Productive Maintenance Visual Management Dealing with Complexity: Finding, managing, and improving Bottlenecks Cell design in the Process Industries Production scheduling, production sequencing, production leveling: Product Wheels Lead time improvement Postponement: Finish-to-Order Pull Systems Supermarket design Fixed interval replenishment Fixed quantity replenishment Managing variability: Safety Stock Creating the Future State Map The importance of robust business processes Appendix: The Hypothetical Process description and data


    Peter L. King is the president of Lean Dynamics, LLC, a manufacturing improvement consulting firm located in Newark, Delaware. Prior to founding Lean Dynamics, Pete spent 42 years with the DuPont Company, in a variety of control systems, manufacturing systems engineering, Continuous Flow Manufacturing, and Lean Manufacturing assignments. That included 18 years applying Lean Manufacturing techniques to a wide variety of products, including sheet goods like DuPont™ Tyvek®, Sontara®, and Mylar®; fibers such as nylon, Dacron®, Lycra®, and Kevlar®; automotive paints; performance lubricants; bulk chemicals; adhesives; electronic circuit board substrates; and biological materials used in human surgery. On behalf of DuPont, Pete has consulted with key customers in the processed food and carpet industries. Pete retired from DuPont in 2007, leaving a position as Principal Consultant in the Lean Center of Competency. Recent clients have included producers of sheet goods, lubricants and fuel additives, vitamins and nutritional supplements, and polyethylene and polypropylene pellets.

    Pete received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, graduating with honors. He is Six Sigma Green Belt certified (DuPont, 2001), Lean Manufacturing certified (University of Michigan, 2002), and is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (APICS, 2010). He is a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, APICS, and the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

    He served as president of IIE’s Process Industry Division in 2009–2010. Pete is the author of Lean for the Process Industries—Dealing with Complexity (Productivity Press, 2009), and several published articles on the application of Lean concepts to process operations. He is the co-author of The Product Wheel Handbook—Creating Balanced Flow in High Mix Process Operations

    King provides an excellent, comprehensive guide for applying Lean to the Process industry.  Not only is the book a great guide, but he captures the key pitfalls and ways to avoid on a journey to establish a sustainable Lean system.  A great reference for all Lean efforts.
    -- David M. Rurak, Chief Supply Chain Officer, W.L. Gore & Associates

    The first edition of this book was a stand-out text, breaking down the myths of Lean in the Process industry.  It’s great to see an updated version to push the knowledge and understanding further - a must read.  
    -- Paul Griffiths, Senior Lean Manufacturing Manager EMEA, GE Healthcare

    This book is a must read for Lean practitioners working in food, chemicals and pharma industries.  The first edition allowed us to solve the mystery of how to adapt our eVSM software, which had been very successful in mapping discrete parts manufacturing, to illustrate the complexities of process operations.  Peter's knowledge of this industry over more than four decades comes through clearly from the pages.
    -- Dilesh Patel, CEO, The eVSM Group

    I am very impressed with the writing style – simple, clear, to the point – so it is easy to read. The pace is right – sufficient detail balanced with a natural flow. [Readers feel they] are making progress in every paragraph – which is rare to experience in these kinds of books.

    -- Noel Peberdy, President, Zinata Consulting