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Working with Machines

The Nuts and Bolts of Lean Operations with Jidoka, 1st Edition

By Michel Baudin

Productivity Press

364 pages

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pub: 2007-04-20
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How do companies in high labor cost countries manage to remain competitive?

In western manufacturing, the more manual a process, the more severe the competitive handicap of high wages. Full automation would make labor costs irrelevant but remain impractical in most industries. Most successful manufacturing processes in advanced economies are neither fully manual nor fully automatic -- they involve interactions between small numbers of highly skilled people and machines that account for the bulk of the manufacturing costs and thereby remain competitive.

In Working with Machines: The Nuts and Bolts of Lean Operations With Jidoka, author Michel Baudin explains how performance differences that can be observed from one factory to the next are due to the way people use the machines -- from the human interfaces of individual machines to the linking of machines into cells, the management of monuments and common services, automation, maintenance, and production control.


I have found this book very informative on the management of machines. It includes many new ideas and approaches on the management of machine engineering…. it is easy to read and… it will help many readers understand how to incorporate the roles of machines into modern-day management.

-Masakki Imai, Founder, Kaizen Institute

Table of Contents

A guided tour

Part I: Human-Machine interfaces

Chapter 1: Using machine controls

Chapter 2: Performing operations on machines

Chapter 3: Understanding the process

Chapter 4: Programming machines

Part II: Machine cells

Chapter 5: Cellular manufacturing with machines

Chapter 6: Design and implementation of a machine cell

Chapter 7: From operator job design to task assignment

Chapter 8: Cell automation and chaku-chaku line

Chapter 9: Grouping cells into focuses factories

Part III: Common services and monuments

Chapter 10: Working with monuments

Chapter 11: Setup time reduction

Part IV: Automation

Chapter 12: The lean approach to automation

Chapter 13: Improving legacy automated systems

Part V: Machine maintenance

Chapter 14: Machine and facilities maintenance

Chapter 15: Improving maintenance

Chapter 16: Maintenance information systems

Chapter 17: Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Where should you go from here?



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