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Japanese Manufacturing Techniques: Nine Hidden Lessons in Simplicity
Japanese Manufacturing Techniques: Nine Hidden Lessons in Simplicity by Richard J. Schonberger 0029291003 9780029291009
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Japanese Manufacturing Techniques: Nine Hidden Lessons in Simplicity by Richard J. Schonberger

Japanese productivity and quality standards have fired the imagination of American managers, but until now there has been little explanation of how to do it -- how to apply Japanese methods at the actual operating level of U.S. manufacturing plants. <P> This book shows you how, exposing otherwise well-informed westernized readers to a new world of management ideas. Author Richard J. Schonberger demonstrates that the Japanese formula for success is based on a number of specific, interrelated techniques -- stunning in their simplicity -- and he shows how these techniques can be put to work in American industries today. <P> Here, in a clear, handbook format, are nine lessons for American manufacturers, introducing scores of techniques aimed at simplifying the overly-complex purchasing, inventory, assembly-fine, and quality-control processes of U.S. firms. <P> At the heart of Japanese manufacturing success are two overlapping strategies: just-in-time production and total quality control. Some American manufacturers already know a little about these methods, but Richard Schonberger provides the most comprehensive description of these techniques available: how they developed, how they all fit together, why they are so potent, and how they snowball -- unleashing a powerful chain reaction of productivity and quality control improvements each time more simplification is introduced. <P> Japanese Manufacturing Techniques will change the way you think. Much of the received wisdom of American management -- just-in-case order quantities, statistical sampling for quality Control, and large inventory buffer stocks, for example -- is dismissed by the Japanese as muri, muda, mura: excess, waste, unevenness. In many cases, the Japanese technique is exactly the opposite of American practice (just-in-time ordering, quality control at the source, and elimination of buffer stocks altogether). <P> By emphasizi

Author: Richard J. Schonberger

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 260

Publisher: Free Press

Publication Date: 1982-11-01

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ISBN: 0029291003

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