Working with Machines: The Nuts and Bolts of Lean Operations with Jidoka

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CRC Press, Apr 20, 2007 - Business & Economics - 368 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
HumanMachine interfaces
9
Performing operations on machines
35
Understanding the process
51
Programming machines
63
Cellular manufacturing with machines
87
Design and implementation of a machine cell
107
From operator job design to task assignment
133
Setup time reduction
215
The lean approach to automation
245
Improving legacy automated systems
257
Machine and facilities maintenance
273
Improving maintenance
287
6 Maintenance information systems
309
Overall Equipment Effectiveness OEE
323
Where to go from here?
339

Cell automation and chakuchaku line
155
Grouping cells into focused factories
173
Common services and monuments
185

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