By Pascal Dennis
2006 SHINGO PRIZE for EXCELLENCE in production RESEARCH
Based at the author's own event with Toyota’s grasp academics and with businesses in the middle of nice switch, Andy & Me is a enterprise novel set in a failing New Jersey vehicle plant targeting the tribulations of Tom Pappas, the plant supervisor. The occasions, characters and plant politics will ring actual with many readers.
In a funky, readable kind, Andy & Me follows Tom's dating with Andy Saito, a reclusive, retired Toyota guru whom Tom persuades to aid store his plant during the instructing of the mythical Toyota creation method (TPS).
On this trip, the reader learns that TPS is greater than only a number of instruments; it involves a brand new state of mind and behaving. although Tom reveals luck ― either in his plant and in his own lifestyles ― he learns from Andy that winning development is "endless and eternal."
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We will do pilot, confirm understanding, and then expand to every zone. I will teach you, Fred-san. ” Andy took a sheet of paper out of his old leather journal. “We will print out a large copy of this paper and post it on tripod next to metal repair booth. Every hour the supervisor will record results. At shift-end, the team will reflect. ” We spent several minutes looking it over. “Mr. Saito,” Fred asked, “we already record some of this data in our computer system. ” “For visual management, Fred-san.
That night, Joe and I stayed very late to work out our next moves. We decided to start upstream in the Paint shop and then move quickly into Stamping and Body. If we could stabilize these areas, maybe we could quell the tidal wave of defects that was overwhelming Assembly. We wanted some quick wins to generate momentum. But we also wanted to strengthen our overall strategy. We had both been embarrassed by the weakness of our strategic plans. We’d © 2011 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC Needs More Work • 47 Production Analysis Board Date: Hour Production Actual plan production (hr/cum) (hr/cum) Variance Area: e repairs Supervisor: Hourly top concerns Downtime (seconds) Blocked Starved Reviewed by Process 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Downtime codes: Blocked = Downstream processes are full.
Solve problems. ” They eye one another. “Good day, Mr. Saito,” says Sylvain walking away. Andy looks over at me. ” That night, Joe and I stayed very late to work out our next moves. We decided to start upstream in the Paint shop and then move quickly into Stamping and Body. If we could stabilize these areas, maybe we could quell the tidal wave of defects that was overwhelming Assembly. We wanted some quick wins to generate momentum. But we also wanted to strengthen our overall strategy. We had both been embarrassed by the weakness of our strategic plans.
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