Kaizen and Kaizen Event Implementation by Chris A. Ortiz

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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
 

About Chris A. Ortiz

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Chris Ortiz is a senior lean consultant and the owner 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 businesses. Chris has also led more than 150 kaizen events around the United States. Ortiz is also an instructor at five Washington state community and technical colleges. He has developed a reputation for delivering fast-paced, highly detailed, and interactive classroom-style courses. He is the author of the book Kaizen Assembly: Designing, Constructing, and Managing a Lean Assembly Line (Boca Raton, FL: Taylor and Francis Group, 2006). His lean implementation techniques have been featured in a variety of trade magazines, newspapers, corporate newsletters, Industrial Engineer magazine, Industrial Management magazine, and other lean manufacturing newsletters and periodicals. To contact Chris Ortiz, e-mail chrisortiz@kaizenassembly.com or go to his Web site, www.kaizenassembly.com.
 
Published April 8, 2009 by Prentice Hall. 176 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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