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Systems for Manufacturing Excellence

Generating Efficient and Reliable Manufacturing Operations

Explore modern manufacturing models and understand how to become a high performing and reliable organisation, excelling in operational excellence.
EAN: 9780749496999
Edition: 1
Format: 235x155
344 pages

About the book

Many production managers have de-stocked excessively large inventories, gone lean, experimented with continuous improvement processes and introduced new working practices. These interventions have largely failed. Businesses have also failed to invest in the workforce that undertakes improvements. This means that cash flow stops quickly, stocks are depleted to zero and customers lose confidence.

Systems for Manufacturing Excellence looks at how people and technology work effectively together to generate high performance manufacturing and service operations. Not everyone is a Toyota but that does not mean we cannot learn from such businesses. The book will present a logic, variety of approaches and methods that underpin the different models of high performance used by 'world class' businesses. The authors use examples from their training with Toyota, work with Tesco, and many world class manufacturing businesses that form their research agenda. The book will help teams run each part of their production process for effectiveness and efficiency, with a high level of discipline that supports excellence in performance.

About the authors

Nick Rich

Nick Rich is Professor of Socio-Technical Systems Design at Swansea School of Management. He is an academic with a specialist interest in high performance and highly reliable businesses. He has gained international acclaim and has received a significant number of awards for his research work.

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Mohamed Afy Shararah

Mohamed Afy Shararah is an industrial engineer. He led projects with InnovateUK to deliver a step-change in productivity through embedding new capabilities in innovative manufacturing techniques and cutting-edge engineering product design. He also collaborated with African, Asian, European, and North American businesses on improvement projects in the areas of Lean Manufacturing and Circular Economy.

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