Kaizen and Kaizen Event Implementation

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9780131584563: Kaizen and Kaizen Event Implementation

The Practical, How-to Guide to Succeeding with Kaizen Programs and Events

Today manufacturers need kaizen’s continuous productivity improvement and waste reduction techniques more than ever. Kaizen and Kaizen Event Implementation provides specific, detailed solutions that have proven successful in real manufacturing environments.

Ortiz, author of the best-selling Lessons from a Lean Consultant, covers every element of a successful kaizen program and offers techniques for implementing several key kaizen events. Drawing on his unsurpassed, in-the-trenches experience, he shares powerful insights into changing cultures, gaining management buy-in, training, reporting, follow-up, and much more. Whether you’re a plant manager, director, engineer, or quality specialist, this book will help you make kaizen work.

  • Avoid common implementation mistakes
  • Find the right champion and establish an effective steering committee
  • Create timelines, select teams and leaders, and define objectives
  • Use kaizen events to implement 5S, standard work, Kanban, and new line designs
  • Includes a chapter-length case study from a real manufacturing firm

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About the Author:

Chris Ortiz is the president and executive lean consultant of Kaizen Assembly. He has spent the majority of his professional career working for Fortune 500 companies, teaching and guiding them to become more efficient. Chris has also led more than 150 kaizen events around the country. His company’s clientele includes Samson Rope Technologies, Wood Stone, Hexcel Corporation, Messier-Bugatti, Engineered Solutions, Prince Castle, Bellingham Cold Storage, Absorption Corp., Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods, Trans-Ocean, and IKO Pacific Inc., to name just a few.

Chris is the author of the book Kaizen Assembly: Designing, Constructing, and Managing a Lean Assembly Line (CRC Press) and Lessons from a Lean Consultant: Avoiding Lean Implementation Failure on the Shop Floor (Prentice Hall). His lean implementation techniques have been featured in a variety of trade magazines, newspapers, and corporate newsletters, such as Industrial Engineer, Industrial Management, Process Cleaning Magazine, and many other trade publications. He is an active speaker at engineering conferences and expos around the country.

Chris Ortiz can be reached via his Web site, www.kaizenassembly.com.

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