The latest discovered and newly translated classic from Dr. Shigeo Shingo, engineering genius and a driving force behind the successful realization of the Toyota Production System and Lean Manufacturing. This book will give modern readers total access to the fundamentals of improving any process.
“The greatest value of this book is an opportunity to learn how a master sensei thinks about operations improvement. We see how Dr. Shingo thought both about macro-improvement of value streams and micro-process improvement.”
Jeffrey Liker, author of The Toyota Way
Dr. Shingo directs the reader towards the path of flow operations, the ultimate and attainable goal of process improvement. Numerous examples with easy to understand, yet in-depth explanations of problem solving, are well represented throughout this book.
Presented as the foundation to the principles of Lean Operations, Dr. Shingo instructs and illustrates the core successes to:
- Process Improvement
- Operations Improvement
- Facility Improvement, and
- Improving the Improvement Process
Within these themes, Dr. Shingo breaks each one down to their separate components; from the pro’s and con’s of the division of labor, to lot size, delays, transportation, inspections, layout design and efficiency, and everything in between. He goes into great depth concerning coefficient of Design and Layout Design – a fantastic set of tools that every reader should learn and use.
This book is a must read for any manager, engineer, executive, or employee with a passion for Lean manufacturing and improvement, Fundamental Principles of Lean Manufacturing provides the technical know-how to plot a course of improvement; the practical application of tools such as Kanban and Layout Design are revealed.