Fast Track to Waste-Free Manufacturing: Straight Talk from a Plant Manager
Manufacturing in the United States is currently undergoing a major transition. Most manufacturers still do not see that their enemy is not the competition but rather their own outdated system of production. Batch, or mass, manufacturing is still the preferred system of production for most U.S.-based industry. To survive and become globally competitive, manufacturers will have to put aside old paradigms and completely change their existing system of production. In Fast Track, John Davis details a new and proven system called Waste-Free Manufacturing (WFM) that rapidly deploys the lean process.Drawing from more than 30 years of manufacturing experience, John Davis gives you tools and techniques for eliminating anything that does not add value. WFM is a proven process that the author has successfully implemented. He shares his own experiences in guiding manufacturers through this process. Davis fully details the journey of a factory that moved from mass to waste-free manufacturing in a matter of 24 months. Wall Street analysts have nationally recognized this proven process, Waste-Free Manufacturing (WFM), as an effective manufacturing model. With a case study and strategies that work, Fast Track will provide you with the principles and methodology for WFM and a road map for its implementation. If you are a plant manager, foreman, supervisor, or executive who wants to quickly transform you factory into a world class manufacturer, Mr. Davis' WFM methodology is must reading. John W. Davis is also the author of Leading the Lean Initiative (Productivity Press, 2001). He developed his WFM methodology while Manufacturer Strategic Planner at Carrier Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies. This audio version is an abridgement of the original hardcover edition, which is also available from Productivity Press.