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Productivity Techniques: An Insight into Flow Manufacturing

Richard D. Rahn (Author) Gerard Leone (Author)
Synopsis The philosophy and methods of flow manufacturing are being introduced quickly across the globe and a manufacturing company, in any industry, cannot hope to be successful long-term without using flow methods. Many companies introduced flow in the 1990s, and entire industries today re largely converted automotive, beating and air conditioning, electronics. Other industries are just getting started. Opportunities still abound in service and non-manufacturing environments, like financial services, software development, healthcare and government. Practitioners and students of flow manufacturing are frequently disappointed to find that there is little practical, down-to-earth information available on the subject, although certainly there are many books available for the reading. Most of he publications available today are either highly philosophical, obscure, or just plain difficult to apply. General concepts and case histories are interesting, but at the end of the day, most people are looking for something they can use. Is it possible to create a cookbook of flow manufacturing formulas and techniques that can be adapted easily to any manufacturing environment? Probably not. If anything, we have found that each company, each plant, is unique in many ways: people, products, processes, culture, systems, history, markets. “One size fits all” clothing usually don’t fir very well. Paradoxically, the best flow implementations take place when the teams, team leaders and mentors understand the basics well and then adapt them to the specific environment and intelligence and common sense. Implementations that tend not to go well are those that try to apply a predefined formula. Outside mentors or consultants can help you get up the learning curve more quickly and can help keep you on the road to success. Ultimately, however, you’ll have to do it yourself. We hope that you find this book interesting, useful and a practical resource on your flow manufacturing journey. Let us know how you’re doing.
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About the authors

Richard D. Rahn

Richard D. Rahn, is the president of Flow Alliance a Flow Manufacturing consulting, publishing and software tools firm headquartered in Colorado. Formerly a vice-president with both the Kiran consulting Group and he John Costanza Institute, Richard is a recognized leader in training and implementation of Flow Manufacturing. He has lead over 30 successful implementation programs in the US, Canada, Europe and Mexico, and has trained over 3,000 manufacturing professionals in Flow Manufacturing techniques. He has introduced Flow Manufacturing to some of the world’s largest companies, including General Motors, Johnson and Johnson, John Deere, Kodak and Emerson Electric. Mr Rahn has 14 years of manufacturing and management experience with Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado and Storage. Technology Corporation in Louisville, Colorado. Flow Manufacturing has been his specialty for the past 12 years.

Gerard Leone

During Mr. Leone’s nearly 20-year career in manufacturing management and consulting, he had the opportunity to work with a broad range of manufacturing enterprises. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, his multilingual skills have been a very valuable tool in spreading the word of Flow Manufacturing around the world. He taught statistics at the University of Buenos Aires and Production Management at Colorado State University, his two Alma Maters. Today, Mr. Leone is a senior partner with the Business Process Consulting Group, a consulting firm dedicated to training and consulting in flow processing for the factory and the office, based in Littleton, Celorado.

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Bibliographic information

Title Productivity Techniques: An Insight into Flow Manufacturing
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8179923959
length 225p., Figures; Tables; Glossary; Index; 25cm.
Subjects Engineering