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41. Manufacturing Victims: What the
42. Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
43. Progressive Manufacturing: Managing
44. DeGarmo's Materials and Processes
45. Manufacturing Engineering Handbook
46. Manufacturing Religion: The Discourse
47. Transactional Six Sigma for Green
48. Mr. Lean Buys and Transforms a
49. Fast Track to Waste-Free Manufacturing:
50. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Handbook:
51. The Hitchhiker's Guide to Lean:
52. Manufacturing Data Structures:
53. Motion and Time Study for Lean
54. Manufacturing Planning and Control
55. Manufacturing Process and Equipment
56. Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing
57. Materials and Processes in Manufacturing
58. Introduction to Manufacturing
59. Manufacturing Execution Systems
60. Implementing Lean Manufacturing

41. Manufacturing Victims: What the Psychology Industry Is Doing to People
by Dr Tana Dineen
Paperback: 320 Pages (2001-01-25)
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After thirty years in the profession, Dr. Tana Dineen has written an unflinching critique of modern Psychology and Psychotherapy. This controversial best-selling exposé of the Psychology Industry was first published in 1996. Now available in its revised, updated and less expensive 3rd edition, it is no less popular nor less explosive than when it first appeared. Cited in Time and the New York Times, among other wide-circulation publications, Tana Dineen's scathing attack on the abuses and misuses of corrupted psychotherapy is a must read for care-givers and care-takers alike. And for would-be care-takers too. Topics covered include Victim-Making, Fabricated Victims, Selling Psychology as a Science, The Business of Psychology, The Technology of Victim-Making, The Rise to Power of the Psychology Industry, and Living in the Shadow of the Psychology Industry. Fully supported by end of book notes and index, and with a suggested reading list, this is one of the most important books on psychology to appear in recent years. The author has been often--and always unsuccessfully--attacked by representatives of corporate psychology who have resorted to character assassination rather than reason to try and prove Dr. Dineen wrong. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Hair rising!
A hair rising work indeed. Are we only surrounded by criminals who want
our money and health? The author worked hard as a Dr. of psychology to
produce good fruits of her business, but all that came out was shocking.
She says that psychology presents itself as a concerned and caring
profession working for the good of the clients. But in its wake lie
damaged people, divided families, distorted justice, destroyed companies
and a weakened society. Behind the benevolent façade is a voracious
self-deserving industry that proffers facts which are often unfounded,
provides therapy which can be damaging to its recipients, and exerts
influence which is having devastating effects on the social fabric.
The foundation of modern psychology, its questioning, has at the very
least been largely abandoned in favour of power and profit, leaving only
the guise of integrity, a show of arrogance and a well-tuned attention
to the bottom line. "What seemed once a responsible profession is now a
big business whose success is directly related to how many people become
No matter where one turns, one finds the effects of the psychology
industry. Its influence extends across all aspects of life, telling us
how to work, how to live, how to love and, even, how to play. We are
confronted by psychologists expounding their theories on the endless
list of TV talk-shows.
It is not new that psychology has become an influential force or that
society is becoming more and more filled with people who consider
themselves victims of one sort or other. But the author shows that new
is that psychology is itself manufacturing most of these victims,that
it is doing this with motives based on power and profit, and that the
industry turns people into dependent "users", with no escape from
their problems. The psychiatrist Garth Wood goes even further in his
book "Overcoming the illness excuse when he says that "what has become
big business is in fact a fraud. The evidence does not support the
claims of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy." Possibly most
people do not want the alternative. They want to escape from their
spiritual problems because a change to the better would entail changing
their hearts. Who wants this?

4-0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and worth reading.
I was a Psychology major in college back in the early 60's but pursued marriage rather than a career.But, then, there is absolutely nothing one can do with a BA in Psychology.Still,I felt deceived and totally let down by my studies and remember leaving college thinking that Psychology is scientifically inexact and based primarily on the whimsical thought of its promoters.Because it leaves God totally out of its equations for mental and emotional health, there is no foundation of truth for its conclusions.And though I have continued to be fascinated by writings on the pursuit of mental health, I decided it was not in me to fulfill my former desire of becoming a paid, professional counselor if all I had to go on was the flimflam of introspective theory.How refreshing to discover this book which confirms my point of view!

The book is well researched and documented and includes many case studies that make for an interesting read. It has had a profound effect on my life in causing me to be more open to people as they are and allowing them the grace to come through the hardships in their own lives without imposing on them labels and unfounded prognoses.Further, MANFACTURING VICTIMS caused me to shed all residual co-dependent tendencies by seeing how much harm is done to others when we make them think they need us to solve life's problems.Being available to others is one thing; making ourselves indispensable robs them of all opportunity to grow and develop through their afflictions.

Virginia Rogers

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Anyone who is a psychologist should read this. Tana is so sensible and so right. Readers who like this book will also enjoy 'Destructive trends in mental health.' The profession of psychology needs to take a close look at itself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nation ofVictims
When a tragedy occurs at some school, office or worksite, policemen, firefighters, paramedics or rescue workers will rush to the scene to provide a much-needed service, saving lives. Increasingly, however, we see another so-called helping professional on the scene - the trauma or grief counsellor - who's been called in to save psyches.

Somehow, it's now the norm after every school shooting, car crash or airline disaster to bring in psychologists who, Moses-like, will lead those who survive the tragedy or even witnessed it to the promised land of "wellness." Somehow we've come to accept the idea that stranger with a few initials behind her name is needed to help us deal with the experience of violence or death.

Where did we ever get the infantile idea that after some tragedy - a parent's loss of a child, for example - we're supposed to be "healed"? Dr. Tana Dineen, in her book "Manufacturing Victims: What the Psychology Industry is Doing to People," answers to that question. And a fine and devastating answer it is. Well-researched, sharply focussed and leavened with numerous concrete examples, her critique of the profession of psychology should make you want to, well, burn your self-help books and motivational tapes.

The opening paragraph neatly sums up her argument: "Psychology presents itself as a concerned and caring profession working for the good of its clients, but the effects are damaged people, divided families, distorted justice, destroyed companies and a weakened nation."

That's a stinging indictment. And after you read Ms. Dineen's book you'll be hard pressed not to agree with it. Certainly, Dineen is careful to acknowledge that in the hands of dedicated researchers, psychology remains a respected field of scientific inquiry. The focus of her scorn is the clinical psychologists, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and sundry counsellors and mental health practitioners who distort or ignore the research and reduce it to ego-stroking psychobabble and feel-good placebos.

A PhD in psychology herself, Dineen spent nearly 20 years as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in Ontario. In the mid-1990s, she packed it in. As she put it in an interview: "I couldn't maintain my integrity in a profession that is almost devoid of integrity. This book is my apology for decades of biting my lip about the pernicious effects psychologists are having on individuals and society."

Perhaps her most explosive argument is that refuting the concept of recovered memories. Dineen cites numerous cases where people, usually men, have been falsely accused of sexual abuse crimes based on such "memories." According to Dineen, there is no reputable scientific evidence that these memories are anything more than fanciful inventions. Because of this and other misuses of research, Dineen says psychologists should be barred from testifying in court as "experts" on human behaviour.Indeed, most of what psychologists is little more that job-creation, she argues. Therapists need patients, so they create disorders with which they can label their erstwhile consumers. In this way everybody becomes "abnormal" and in need of treatment.

The industry is also fond of inflating symptoms far beyond the original condition they once described. For example, the word "trauma" once referred to a physical injury. But now, after much "semantic inflation," trauma covers anything that upsets us. Ditto for "addiction;" it no longer refers to drug or alcohol abuse, but also to sex and shopping.

Psychology may have once been part of science's laudatory effort to mitigate life's hardships, but Dineen ably demonstrates how the psychology industry has gone, well, crazy in its attempt to pathologize every aspect of the human condition and turn every upset into a "dis-ease" in need of therapeutic treatment.

What Dineen's book ultimately reveals is the steady sentimentalization of society. A sentimentalist is someone in denial, and what she denies is reality. The sentimentalist assumes that good ends can be achieved without effort, self-discipline, patience or sacrifice. Such sentimentalism might be tolerated if it were confined to a deluded few. But western societies increasingly driven by sentimentalists promoting social engineering schemes. We are a society that runs whining to politicians who'll feel out pain or, more often than not, to a therapist who'll assure us that we aren't stupid, lazy or greedy, but victims of poor parenting.

In our secularized world, psychotherapy has replaced religion in that, like religion, it is what we turn to to cope with the vagaries of existence. The difference, though, is that psychology, unlike religion, seeks to eliminate those experiences that define what it is to be human. At the core of human experience is the mystery of both the grandeur and the misery of self-conscious mortality. Unlike animals, humans know they will die. Yet, if we have courage, we also learn that our awareness of death gives life its juice and joy. It is because our lives are so painfully transient that they can be so achingly meaningful.

Psychotherapy seeks to deny those experiences that make us human. As such, it is a threat to our freedom. As philosopher Leon Kass puts it, the ultimate aim of psychotherapy is "to order human experience in terms of easy, predictable contentment." But if we are always haunted by death, there is the need for character and courage to live with what we know is ineradicable. Psychotherapy, however, makes emotional security easy by eradicating the need for moral virtue.

This has political consequences: Individuals freed from moral responsibility are no longer citizens, but patients or victims unable to manage their lives. As Dineen writes: "The psychology industry considers and treats people as children who, regardless of age, experience or status, must be protected, guided, sheltered and disciplined." But this smothering individual responsibility for the sake of self-esteem creates a depoliticized society of contented creatures who need only to be administered and kept passified.

And that, as far as I can see, is a form of tyranny, albeit a nice one. If so, Dineen's book provides the valuable service of exposing the threat to our freedom posed by all those trauma counsellors rushing to rescue our shivering psyches.

1-0 out of 5 stars The sky is falling!
Yup, thosedarn sickos at Lilly! I don't know where you got your info, but it's prettydoubtful that Lilly would apply for this since they've only done clinicaltests on patients 18 or over. Also, I happen to know an expert inadolescent psychiatry and he says Prozac could actually have the oppositeeffect on pre-teens. ... Read more

42. Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
by Michael Quirk, Julian Serda
Paperback: 666 Pages (2000-11-19)
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In this book, Quirk and Serda introduce the terminology, concepts, processes, products, and equipment commonly used in the manufacture of ultra large scale integrated (ULSI) semiconductors. The book provides helpful, up-to-date technical information about semiconductor manufacturing and strikes an effective balance between the process and equipment technology found in wafer fabrications. Topics include copper interconnect; dual damascene additive process for metallization; deep UV sub-micron photolithography (.18 micron and below); low-k dielectric processing; chemical mechanical planarization; a comprehensive model of manufacturing process; chemical-mechanical polish (CMP); and maintenance and troubleshooting. For practicing semiconductor manufacturing technicians or those interested in semiconductor manufacturing technology and processes.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
This book is written as college course text. It is easy to understand if you have a good techincal background. It does a good job of covering the many different aspects of the difficult subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
Nice book.It helped with my understanding of nano technology.Best if used in conjunction with a class requiring it so the teacher can explain some of the processes better than the book because it is vague on some concepts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, the Best
I feel the authors have accomplished exactly their stated intent.I have used this text as a Fab Manager to train technicians new and old, and I have used it in academia to instruct students.It is superbly presented and easy for ANYONE to understand.It is worth purchasing for the glossary alone which is an excellent tool in helping the un-indoctrinated sift through the tons of jargon associated with this technology.This book is not for in-depth study of the subjects covered- it just explains the basics very well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best textbook on the market.
This book is well worth the price if you are looking for an understanding of how semiconductors are made.Although it would be useful to have an engineering degree in order to understand all of it, it isn't necessary.The first couple of pages in each chapter are easy to read and as you gain knowlegde, the book simply expands for you.If I have a complaint, it would be that the book doesn't fit easily in my briefcase!

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book
I am non-technical person in the financial community and have used this text as a resource on a regular basis. I have found it very accessible despite the fact that I have no engineering degree. I recommend this book to any reader who wants a detailed summary of semiconductor manufacturing from wafer fabrication to packaging and test. ... Read more

43. Progressive Manufacturing: Managing Uncertainty While Blazing a Trail to Success
by Soli J. Engineer
Hardcover: 278 Pages (2005-02-21)
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Manufacturers are continuously searching for solutions to their seemingly never-ending inventory, delivery, cost, productivity, quality, and profit woes. Progressive Manufacturing: Managing Uncertainty While Blazing a Trail to Success provides powerful, cutting-edge, common-sense solutions to these and other perennial problems faced by most organizations. The book delineates the three keystones essential to achieving any significant degree of success — people, products or services, and processes. It presents thought-provoking ideas and methods for simplifying processes at every level.

Soli Engineer explores topics that are instrumental to achieving success, but are often avoided, such as work breakdown structure and improvement curve theory, and explains "how to" and "how not to" approaches to production and inventory management. This book provides innovative techniques that take you beyond the tried and true to achieve real operational success and increased profits. It is a must-read for operations, production, and supply chain professionals.

Key Features:
• Challenges unfounded comparisons between MRP (a procedure) and JIT, Kanban, and TQM (philosophies)
• Clarifies a key interface between engineering and manufacturing — the Product Data Management (PDM) system
• Provides innovative methods for using bills of material to improve productivity and multiple ways to reduce lead times and inventory
• Emphasizes the vital ingredients for achieving success and the dangers of ignoring one or more of them
• WAV offers free downloadable cost roll-up exercises, learning and improvement curve tools, and Powerpoint slides describing how to effectively establish and achieve improvement objectives — available from the J. Ross Publishing Web Added Value Download Resource Center ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars best darn book
This is the best darn book I've read in a very long time. It is easy to read, flows well, and is pertinent to all walks of life, not just manufacturing. Kudos to the author, he has a superb command of the language, and brings humor & honesty to a topic that could easily be dull. His no-nonsense approach to manufacturing, and life in general, is refreshing.

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44. DeGarmo's Materials and Processes in Manufacturing
by E. Paul DeGarmo, J T. Black, Ronald A. Kohser
Hardcover: 1032 Pages (2007-03-09)
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Asin: 047005512X
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DeGarmo's Materials and Processes in Manufacturing, 10e continues the tradition by presenting a solid introduction to the fundamentals of manufacturing along with the most up-to-date information. In order to make the concepts easier to understand, a variety of engineering materials are discussed as well as their properties and means of modifying them. Manufacturing processes and the concepts dealing with producing quality products are also covered. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good condition, timely fashion
I very much appreciated the timely fashion it was shipped in, and the money that I saved buying it online. It came in the condition promised.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4 stars for hardom
Bought this for my engineering class at University of Kentucky. Great book, although may be difficult for beginners. Text is loaded and sometimes hard to pick-up on because of the conglomerate of information it presents in simple paragraphs. There's no glossary and the categorization of chapters could be better organized. I'd go with the 9th edition honestly. Great book, and very informative, but would not recommend for beginning engineer students.

3-0 out of 5 stars Text book for industrial or manufacturing engineers
Text covers most manufacturing processes.Good overview, lots of information.Short chapters focus a small number of topics keeping the material well borken. ... Read more

45. Manufacturing Engineering Handbook
by Hwaiyu Geng
Hardcover: 1088 Pages (2004-03-01)
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Asin: 0071398252
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Let our teams of experts help you to stay competitive in a global marketplace. It is every company's goal to build the highest quality goods at the lowest price in the shortest time possible. With the Manufacturing Engineering Handbook you'll have access to information on conventional and modern manufacturing processes and operations management that you didn't have before.

For example, if you are a manufacturing engineer responding to a request for proposal (RFP), you will find everything you need for estimating manufacturing cost, labor cost and overall production cost by turning to chapter 2, section 2.5, the manufacturing estimating section. The handbook will even outline the various manufacturing processes for you.

If you are a plant engineer working in an automotive factory and find yourself in the hot working portion of the plant, you should look up section 6 on hot work and forging processing. You will find it very useful for learning the machines and processes to get the job done. Likewise, if you are a Design Engineer and need information regarding hydraulics, generators & transformers, turn to chapter 3, section 3.2.3, and you'll find generators & transformers.

Covering topics from engineering mathematics to warehouse management systems, Manufacturing Engineering Handbook is the most comprehensive single-source guide to Manufacturing Engineering ever published. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Superbly done!
This hanbdbook was comprehensively written.Contained many fundamental analyses and methodologies that manufacturing engineers may need to know.The author did not assume extensive mathematics or industrial know-hows in preparing this book.I recommend it for all manufacturing engineers as their personal work bible.

4-0 out of 5 stars All the Basics for Getting to Know Manufacturing
This handbook has all of the fundamentals someone needs to know to understand not only the basics of manufacturing, but also the extensive jargon and many interdependent disciplines involved.If you are learning about the industry, this is a good guide.In the interest of full disclosure, I did contribute to the handbook - see the supply chain section!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference
The Manufacturing Engineering Handbook is an excellent reference for any engineer who needs to stay current with technology and the latest trends in business today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Manufacturing Engineering Handbook
I found this book to be well-organized and easy to read.It is a quick and easy-to-use reference for engineers, and covers a wide variety of manufacturing operations issues.I think it would be a great resource especially for senior students planning to enter the workforce, and professional engineers in the automative, aerospace, and plastic molding industries.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy for Anyone in Manufacturing
This new handbook from McGraw-Hill sets the bar high in the wealth of information on manufacturing engineering in the over 60 chapters it contains.Each chapter has been carefully selected for it relevant content in today's global manufacturing environment, and it is clear the author of each chapter is an expert in their field.It is easy to read, and while you want to at first read it from cover to cover, it is organized to allow quick access to just the right information needed.Mr. Geng has done a fantastic job of bringing these experts together to produce a single-source reference.I highly recommend it to anyone, engineers or technicians, desiring to learn and apply the latest manufacturing technology. ... Read more

46. Manufacturing Religion: The Discourse on Sui Generis Religion and the Politics of Nostalgia
by Russell T. McCutcheon
Paperback: 272 Pages (2003-05-01)
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Asin: 0195166639
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In this new book, author Russell McCutcheon offers a powerful critique of traditional scholarship on religion, focusing on multiple interrelated targets. Most prominent among these are the History of Religions as a discipline; Mircea Eliade, one of the founders of the modern discipline; recent scholarship on Eliade's life and politics; contemporary textbooks on world religions; and the oft-repeated bromide that ""religion"" is a sui generis phenomenon. McCutcheon skillfully analyzes the ideological basis for and service of the sui generis argument, demonstrating that it has been used to constitute the field's object of study in a form that is ahistoric, apolitical, fetishized, and sacrosanct. As such, he charges, it has helped to create departments, jobs, and publication outlets for those who are comfortable with such a suspect construction, while establishing a disciplinary ethos of astounding theoretical naivete and a body of scholarship to match. Surveying the textbooks available for introductory courses in comparative religion, the author finds that they uniformly adopt the sui generis line and all that comes with it. As a result, he argues, they are not just uncritical (which helps keep them popular among the audiences for which they are intended, but badly disserve), but actively inhibit the emergence of critical perspectives and capacities. And on the geo-political scale, he contends, the study of religion as an ahistorical category participates in a larger system of political domination and economic and cultural imperialism. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Every Serious Scholar of Religion
McCutcheon's MANUFACTURING RELIGION is in my opinionone of the most important works on the state of Religious Studies today. Anyone seriously committed to the academic study of "religion" should be required to read this book in order to understand the polarized nature of modern Religious Studies scholarship.

McCutcheon makes a clear and convincing argument for the naturalistic study of religion against the dominant wishy-washy sui generis claims. The central thesis of this book is a forceful critique of much that goes on in today's Religious Studies departments. His arguments, however, can easily be applied to various other academic departments of higher education which seek to insulate themselves from criticism by appealing to concepts claimed to be outside of history.

As a student of Dr. McCutcheon, I can honestly say that his ideas--and this book in particular--have had a major impact on my own thoughts and have permanently shaped the direction of my future career in the study of religion in culture.

MANUFACTURING RELIGION and McCutcheon's other works bring a much-needed sanity to the predominantly irrational field that is Religious Studies.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money...
A rigorous, compelling anlaysis of the intellectually atrophied state of contemporary religious studies. That the views it propounds are considered controversial at all -- and the fact that it has been so hotly attacked inacademic reviews by the ultra-orthodox Christian scholarly community --indicate that Russell has touched a nerve that needed to be tweaked. Thebook tackles its subject directly, with minimal pretensions, but withtheoretical sophistication. Not to be missed by anyone concerned with thecurrent state of scholarship in religious studies and in cultural studiesgenerally. ... Read more

47. Transactional Six Sigma for Green Belts: Maximizing Service And Manufacturing Processes
by Samuel E. Windsor
Paperback: 155 Pages (2005-11)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Must Read For Any Transactional Six Sigma Student
As an accounting manager, I have found this book to be extremely helpful in increasing the efficiency of my staff and the overall performance of my office. The book's ease of use allowed for rapid implementation of some of the Six Sigma principles for problem solving. The user-friendly text made a complicated technical system realistic and accessible to this lay person. I highly recommend this book for any professional who wants to improve the quality of the work environment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Transactional Excellence
I sincerely hope this first release from Samuel Windsor is not his last. He has shown a magnificent grasp of his subject matter, which he's made simple to understand in this book. I have read through the book twice, the author, seems to have the knack of making you feel like he's living his subject. Truly excellent.

Many businesses forget or ignore the impacts that need to be made in their "transactional" processes much to their detriment, Mr Windsor has written a work which brings to the fore an urgent need for companies to address these processes, he's also supplied the tools and techniques in a wonderfully simple way.

This book ought to be a priority buy for people at all levels in business. Senior managers ought to encourage those in "Transactional" processes to get this book. Much better would be for Mr Windsor to teach these revolutionary concepts and further breed his fresh approach to business excellence.

Most certainly one of the best transactional business books in years !

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48. Mr. Lean Buys and Transforms a Manufacturing Company: The True Story of Profitably Growing an Organization with Lean Principles
by Greg Lane
Hardcover: 296 Pages (2009-12-17)
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This is the true story of how, armed with only Lean improvement methodologies, a specially trained Toyota Lean expert purchased a business he knew nothing about, applied Lean techniques, and succeeded in doubling sales and increasing profitability, before he finally sold the thriving business. With humility and humor, the author recounts his successes and failures, introduces his key employees and their struggles with change, and provides motivation and simple ideas for all readers looking to improve their businesses. He captures key points highlighted in text boxes and includes illustrative photos and examples of Lean tools at work.

This story dispels the fallacy that Lean management does not achieve excellent results in high variation companies and job shops. Toyota’s OSKKK methodology is introduced to understand processes and guide a Lean transformation on the shop floor and in the office.



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5-0 out of 5 stars Lean Works in the Job Shop
At last a book (a true story no less) on overcoming the challenges of implementing lean in the small job shop business.Mr. Lean Buys and Transforms a Manufacturing Company demonstrates how the step-by-step implementation of lean in a small business can lead to sustained profitable growth, as well as increased profit margins for most of the work already existing in the business.The book is a very insightful case study of the lean transformation of a small machine shop business (a typical job shop) over a four year period.It addresses the many challenges the lean manager faces in implementing lean in the "real world" of a small business - i.e., limited resources, paying off the bank loan, the ups and downs of business, change of ownership, loss of key personnel, expanding into new products, etc.It is a book that neither sugar-coats problems and issues nor instructs how to implement lean in an idealized environment.It addresses real issues and provides realistic, commonsensical, and effective solutions.

Mr. Lean Buys and Transforms a Manufacturing Company is a particularly important read for small company owners and managers in that it is a rare and unique discourse on how best to implement lean in the high-mix, low-volume environment of most small manufacturers and service companies.Where do you start your lean transformation in such businesses?Nearly all practitioners are somewhat faced with selectively applying lean principles and methodologies in the "heat of the battle".

Mr. Lane brings to the table the OSKKK methodology and strategy for transforming a business, which he first learned during his time and training at Toyota.OSKKK is a simple but powerful process for making change in the workplace.OSKKK stands for Observe deeply, then Standardize, followed by three successive stages of Kaizen (Kaizen Flow & Process, Kaizen Equipment, and Kaizen Layout).Throughout his book Mr. Lane demonstrates the effective use of OSKKK for improving both shop floor and administrative processes as he discusses the step-by-step deployment of applicable tools as they are required in the transformation.Accordingly, the book illuminates when and how to implement such basic lean tools as 5S workplace organization, visual management, job-shop planning, the team leader concept, changeover time reduction, lean accounting, skills/cross-training matrix, process mapping, A3 problem-solving, and lean measurements.The book largely demonstrates how to put the lean pieces together to build a Lean Enterprise leaving the detailed explanation of how to develop and implement each individual tool to more specialized books.

Mr. Lane is particularly insightful in stressing and showing the need for the standardization of work, the second step of OSKKK, in a world governed by "tribal knowledge" and individual "gut feel" predominantly found in most job shops around the world.The book provides some simple, common-sense approaches for standardizing processes and illustrates that standardization is critical because without it, there is no baseline for improvement.

Mr. Lane also models the use of the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) principle throughout the book to not only solve problems but as a basis for taking actions and implementing new processes to advance the transformation.Most often lean managers and practitioners fail to (Check) on the results to see whether or not the implementation of solutions and countermeasures are achieving the desired goal.If the goal is reached, care must then be taken to assure the full-scale solution is implemented, documented, and standardized (Act).These are simple comments, but most managers and change agents drop the ball in employing PDCA in their lean transformations to their detriment.

One of the many gems in the book is Mr. Lane's presentation of the "modified" activity-based costing (ABC) system he developed as the basis for the quotation process.In so doing Mr. Lane explains the importance of applying PDCA to the process.He stresses the absolute necessity of providing feedback (Check) as to how quotations compare to actual costs and the need to learn from any gaps in order to improve the accuracy of the process.In addition, Mr. Lane brings lean accounting, specifically activity-based costing, to bare to better allocate direct, indirect, and administrative costs to the specific product based on whatever activities and resources are being consumed.The resulting quotation process should be studied by all make-to-order business principals interested in a quicker and more accurate approach for price quoting new business.

Mr. Lean Buys and Transforms a Manufacturing Company is far more than just a book about lean.While it is chock full of concepts, approaches, and principles for implementing lean to substantially improve the operating and financial performances of small manufacturing businesses, it also includes solid advice, clear thinking, and commonsensical approaches for addressing the many everyday, as well as strategic, issues of managing the various aspects of the small manufacturing business.

From my experience a great many of the lean principles Mr. Lane was able to apply to his small job shop business are directly applicable to medium-sized and even large job shop businesses.The issues are the same, just on a larger scale.Mr. Lane is vigilant in pointing out this truth again and again throughout the book.Therefore, I recommend this as a book to be read and studied by all those serious about implementing lean in the make-to-order and job shop environments.The book affirms that it can profitably be done!

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49. Fast Track to Waste-Free Manufacturing: Straight Talk from a Plant Manager (Manufacturing and Production)
by John W. Davis
Hardcover: 304 Pages (1999-03-19)
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Fast Track to Waste-Free Manufacturing: Straight Talkfrom a Plant Manager : John W. Davis details a new and provensystem called Waste-Free Manufacturing (WFM) that rapidly deploys thelean process.Manufacturing in the United States is currentlyundergoing a major transition, yet large numbers of manufacturerssimply do not recognize what it is all about. Many still operate underout dated manufacturing practices and do not see that the enemy is notthe competition, but rather their own system of production. Batch, ormass, manufacturing is still the preferred system of production formost U.S.-based industry. But to survive, let alone become globallycompetitive, companies will have to put aside their old massmanufacturing paradigms and completely change their entire productionsystem.

WFM will give you step-by-step directions to making rapid, lastingchanges. Davis has created 4 new drivers of WFM and has linked them soyou know what order to do them in and when it is time to move to thenext driver. He covers nearly every aspect of the lean revolution andprovides essential tools and techniques you will need to implementWFM. He also addresses the critical management issues that will arisein any plant that is striving to be world class.

Drawing from more than 30 years of manufacturing experience, JohnDavis gives you tools and techniques for eliminating anything thatcannot be clearly established as value added. WFM is not a theory. Itis a proven process, and one the author has successfullyimplemented. He shares with you from his own experiences in guidingmanufacturers through this process. Davis fully details the journey ofa factory that moved from mass to waste-free manufacturing in a matterof 24 months. This factory was nationally recognized by wall streetanalysts as an effective manufacturing model. You get to sit in ontheir meetings and learn from their triumphs and failures.

So hold on to your hat, because you are about to learn how to do whatmost in the field of world class manufacturing tell you isntpossibleto rapidly deploy WFM and change the system ofproduction. Filled with checklists, an ongoing case study, and, mostimportant, strategies that will work, Fast Track to Waste-FreeManufacturing: Straight Talk from a Plant Manager will provide youwith the principles and methodology for WFM and a road map for itsimplementation. All you need is the will, the focus, and a sense ofurgency about the future of U.S. manufacturing. If you are a plantmanager, foreman, supervisor, or executive who wants to quicklytransform your factory into a world class manufacturer, Mr. DavisWFM methodology is must reading. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
I expected this to be written in a practical, bare-knuckelsstyle similar to "The Goal".There are a few narrative pages like this scatteredabout thebook (which are the highlight in my opinion), but less than 10% of the book is devoted to these pages. The bulk of the book is a clutter of every hackneyed acronym manufacturing consultants have used over the last couple of decades: Takt time, Toyota Production System (TPS), one piece flow, Workplace organization, U-flow, Error-free processing, JIT, Pull manufacturing, kanban, kaizen, SMED, contiunous improvement, lean manufacturing, 5S, you name the buzzword - its in there. The author seems to revel in this verbal masturbation.The book basically glosses over these flavor-of-the-month manufacturing concepts (assuming a level of knowledge of each) and compares them to each other.There is very little explanation of how to implement them, or how they were implemented in any of the companies the author says he worked for.There is a refreshing honesty that some of these concepts are useless (which you already know if manufacturing is your field)The book 'feels' very much like the work of a consultant and NOT a plant manager.
I found almost nothing useful that I could apply to the small company where I work.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Single Best Book on Lean Implementation
John Davis takes a simple step-by-step approach in describing the transformation of a plant from a typical troubled operation to a lean operation.Davis focuses on basics and "how-to", not buzz words and jargon.Davis provides a framework that can be used by any plant manager who is trying to implement lean manufacturing concepts in a 'traditional' manufacturing setting. This can be used in high volume opertaions but is especially useful in low volume or job shop manufacturing, where the Toyota model with its manic focus on tact time is not always applicable.Davis focuses on workplace organization (using a 6C model which is an adaptation of the familiar 5S concept) as the basis of any lean transformation. This perspective alone is worth the price of the book because many lean efforts fail due to lack of fundamental workplace organization.If you are a plant manager or GM tasked with turning around a low performing operation, or you simply want a primer on Lean, this is the one to buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb! Excellently written!! Great learning tool !!
Having worked as a facilitator, manager, and consultant transitioning fortune 500 manufacturing companies from batch to lean manufacturing operations since 1991, my hat is off to Mr. John Davis on his superb book"Fast Track to Waste Free Manufacturing." In my travels andteachings I have been exposed to hundreds of teachers, managers, andauthors who profess to be experts in the tools, techniques, and principlesof the Toyota Production Systemand lean organizational skills.However,few if any, have the true experience of being in a position responsible forthe success of failure of its implementation.Having had the privilege ofworking with Mr. Davis in the early 90's as he developed his expertise inwaste free manufacturing, I can attest that in this book, Mr. Davis doeswhat he always did best. "He walks the talk."In this book, hetakes you on a journey of successful implementation of waste freemanufacturing and profitability.This is a must read for managers andassociates who understand and belief in the tools, principles, andtechniques of a waste free manufacturing organiztion and want to learn howto do it. In this book, Mr. Davis demonstrates the importance of focus,commitment, communications, and leadership in transforming a batchorganization to a waste free, profitable organization."For when atrue leader has successfully completed his task....They will say we did itourselves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!Best In Class!!
I've been researching and reviewing dozens of books onSuzaki, Womack and Jones, Liker, Hamel and Prahalad, Treacy and Wiersema,Womack, Jones and Roos, Schonberger, Imai,Shingo,Monden, et. al.This bookis the first one I've found that providesboth rationale for change and,most importantly, step by guidance on "how to" implement thenecessary changes.Written in a style that is at times reminiscent of"The Goal", Mr. Davis offers suggestions, recommendations,andguidelines in an easily readable 264 pages that contain no unnecessaryjargon, disconcerting statistics, nor is it part of a doctoral thesis meantto impress the academic community.One gets the feeling from reading thisbook that Mr. Davis has actually "been there"; that he has workedin a career in manufacturing and is truly speaking from experience.Takemy word for it; if you want to read one book or recommend one book to yoursubordinates on the subject, this is the one!I am pleased to write thisreview and would be willing to communicate with anyone regarding myimpressions ... Read more

50. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Handbook: Production and Processes (Pharmaceutical Development Series)
Hardcover: 1384 Pages (2008-03-21)
list price: US$195.00 -- used & new: US$146.85
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This handbook features contributions from a team of expert authors representing the many disciplines within science, engineering, and technology that are involved in pharmaceutical manufacturing. They provide the information and tools you need to design, implement, operate, and troubleshoot a pharmaceutical manufacturing system. The editor, with more than thirty years' experience working with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, carefully reviewed all the chapters to ensure that each one is thorough, accurate, and clear. ... Read more

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51. The Hitchhiker's Guide to Lean: Lessons from the Road
by Jamie Flinchbaugh, Andy Carlino
Hardcover: 216 Pages (2005-12-01)
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Hitchhikers do not travel a fixed path. They intentionally wander so they can learn and grow along the way. Embarking on the lean journey is similar, there are many roads on which to wander and no single one is right for all. "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Lean: Lessons from the Road" reveals the most critical lessons learned over the authors' combined 30-plus years of exploring the lean highways.One of the book's lessons from the road is you need to pay attention to where you are and where you are going, just as you do when driving a car. Lean leaders add value by changing things, moving them forward, and producing different results than the day before. To lead, you must go beyond creating a vision. You must develop the vehicle that will deliver it. "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Lean" is the vehicle that will help you move beyond the tools and take lean to a self-sustaining and continuously improving level.The book's 10 chapters cover lean principles and thinking, lean leadership moves, the roadmap for lean transformation, common pitfalls of lean journeys, building an operating system, lean accounting, lean material management, lean in service organizations, and how individuals can apply lean to improve themselves. The book concludes with interviews of lean practitioners on the front lines of change at Chrysler, Ross Controls, DTE Energy, RSR Corporation, and Nemak. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lean Leadership Produces Results Through Principles
The Hitchhikers Guide to Lean is a valuable resource for knowledgeable, experienced project managers and executives who are seeking advice on how to improve their odds of success in creating a lean culture.

The authors provide an insightful list of pitfalls to avoid, a solidand usable 5 stage model for implementation, an in-depth description of the operating system which holds the components together, a contrast between manufacturing and service applications and advice on how to apply lean principles on a personal level.They apply lean principles to the activities of accounting and materials management departments with less success.

In spite of the process focus of most lean thinking, the authors strongly argue that lean leadership is solely about creating results, through teaching that changes thinking and habitual behavior.In our bottom-line driven business culture, this is a critical baseline for starting, growing and continuing lean activities.

The authors squarely address change management issues with a simple model.Leaders must clearly define the end objectives/create the vision of adding perceived customer value.They must help all to see the real current situation and hate its waste!By creating a tension between the current and desired states, leaders can motivate staff to leave their comfort zone, avoid fear and overcome their resistance to change.

Lean is an organic, holistic system, process, philosophy, journey and way of thinking.It is not an end.Lean contains a system, tools, measures and thinking, but no one component is adequate or more important than the others.The combination of the integral components creates consistency which drives results.

The authors clearly describe 5 principles that are foundations for lean thinking.Everything is a process and deep understanding of process matters.An operations perspective focused on eliminating the 7 varieties of waste and delivering customer valued results is essential.Standardized processes are required for progress.Problems should be welcomed as opportunities to reduce waste and add value by applying systematic problem solving processes.Organizational learning requires processes with feedback loops and delivers cumulative knowledge and continuous process improvement.

The authors' final analysis is consistent with their lean principles.Ongoing lean success depends upon deep understanding of the lean process, integration and application of all components and a clear understanding that nothing less than organizational transformation and cultural alignment is required.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
I have used "The Hitchiker's Guide" as a training tool for Lean Champions.The examples and information are based on 'real' examples that open up understanding of the Lean transformation and cultural change.If you don't have a Lean library, this would be a great start or addition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid and Comprehensive
As a lean leader in my organization and a Six Sigma Black Belt, here are my impressions:

Oh No, Not Another Book About Lean!

Admittedly this was my first thought. But I've long admired Mr. Flinchbaugh's blog and his seemingly honest, straightforward, and technically sound approach to lean; so I figured I'd give it a try. The first section is a basic lean overview, but it does offer an interesting distillation of lean into a few basic principles. Even several years into a lean journey of my own, I found it to be a good perspective on the journey and its key guideposts. I found it especially helpful to be reminded of the importance of "high agreement".

Advice for Lean Leaders

The book also touches on one of the most important topics of lean transformation, leadership. Although I do not have nearly the depth or breath of experience in leading lean that Mr. Flinchbaugh has, my experiences align almost perfectly with the book's principles. I think this is a great synopsis of effective leadership, and I think that everyone in a lean leadership position should hear this message.

Charting Your Course

I've personally seen the enormous galvanizing power of both a roadmap and, as the book puts it, an operating system. These are crucial tools in getting going effectively, and I think chapters 4 and 5 do a good job of not letting us forget that.

Number Crunching

Chapter 6 reminds us that cost accounting can be a real impediment to lean transformation. I like that the subject is broached and that we can have the conversation. And I hope we see more progress in the area of lean accounting in the near future.

Material Movement

I like that this chapter doesn't focus solely on kanban; but rather it talks about more fundamental keys to making material flow, like eliminating waste and making things visible. I was pleasantly surprised by this approach and learned a lot.

You Want Fries With That?

I was especially interested in the chapter on service, since I've been spending more and more time trying to improve transactional processes. This was the first time I've seen a clear and concise breakdown of the elements necessary to effectively manage a lean transformation in a non-manufacturing environment. I found it very helpful.

Look in the Mirror

I get laughed at all the time for trying to find innovative ways to use lean in my personal life. So the chapter on "Personal Lean" hit very close to my heart. There's great stuff in there, including some very helpful tools. I like that someone else recognizes the tremendous value in walking the walk. I think this goes hand-in-hand with good leadership.

Case Studies

I always enjoy these, and there are some great ones at the end of the book.


I think Mr. Flinchbaugh has written a solid and comprehensive book on lean, and I would recommend it to anyone who is contemplating or who has set out on a lean journey of their own. No one can truly show the way, but in the pages of this book you'll find the knowledge necessary to plot your own course.

5-0 out of 5 stars How The Hitchhiker's Guide to Lean Adds Value
Since writing a review of this book about two years ago in my eNewsletter, The LEAN COMMUNICATOR, I find that I continue to go back to it. It's one of the best books on showing how lean needs to be a way of thinking, which is very helpful for lean leaders.

As a communication professional, I also find the book invaluable in reinforcing the importance of talking about the "how." Authors Jamie Flinchbaugh and Andy Carlino write about how managers are more comfortable communicating the "what." Managers often tend to ignore the "how"--or at least they don't drive for full agreement. (The "what" includes the goals, objectives, tasks and the metrics used to measure success.)

To prove their point, the authors compare work departments to the road system in which millions of people drive at high speeds in heavy pieces of equipment over varying road conditions in all types of weather."In reality 100 million drivers never sat in a 12-hour planning meeting together, nor do they report to the same boss; but they are able to navigate the nation's highways with less chaos than most 50-person departments," they write. Chaos is non-existent because drivers agree on the "hows." This includes driving on the same side of the road, stopping on red and not crossing double-yellow lines.

Thanks to this book, I emphasize the "how" much more in my communications work and I achieve better results.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Real Road to Lean
The author's do an exceptional job of communicating the reality that "lean" is beyond a simplistic set of tools that are usually unleashed upon an organization. They bring it home in stating, "Lean is not born from what you see, but from how you think." From this view point they begin explaining the principle side of "lean" that drives change. Each of the 10 chapters are structured with five key concepts that moves organizational leadership towards continuous improvement. Another great test of the author's understanding is seen in their comment that one must not "confuse activity and productivity." As a full time lean implementation manager with 20 years of hands on experience, I can say this is one of the few books that really connects the principle side of lean. I've used this in numerous book clubs, resulting in positive feedback from office and administrative team members who have their eyes opened to what "lean" really means to them and their functions. The book is a great read, with excellence flow and applicable methodology. The material in the book will help any organization realize the change in thought processes required to sustain a lean journey beyond another flavor of the month project. I would greatly recommend this to those who are beginning the journey of lean and continuous improvement. ... Read more

52. Manufacturing Data Structures: Building Foundations for Excellence with Bills of Materials and Process Information
by Jerry Clement, Andy Coldrick, John Sari
Hardcover: 275 Pages (1995-03)
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Manufacturing Data Structures "Comprehensive yet easy-to-read…Manufacturing Data Structures is filled with anecdotes, yet stresses the importance of maintaining data accuracy. It is valuable reading for all manufacturing managers." Jim Carnall Manufacturing Manager, Eastman Kodak "An entertaining and informative look at an important aspect of day to day business in the MRP II environment. It clearly shows how data structuring methodology can be directly applied to process industries such as the Personal Products/Health and Beauty business." Jeff L. Stevens Manager, Packaging Sciences, Chesebrough-Ponds Canada "Manufacturing Data Structures shows, in a very practical way, how manufacturing data can be used as a competitive weapon. It’s a comprehensive guide, filled with solutions to everyday problems." Jim Hendrickson Plant Manager, Reckitt & Colman "An excellent book…Very useful on the subject of data foundations for manufacturing. It has suggested further opportunities for improvement in my own organisation." R.A. Watson Rolls-Royce Motor Cars "Manufacturing Data Structures will be of immense value to the practitioner…" Chris Cage ICI Pharmaceuticals ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Highly focused and essential for any ERP analyst/developer
This book is an essential reference for ERP analysts, developers and DBAs.It is unique in that it addresses data requirements for materials management within the context of manufacturing processes, with an emphasis on bills of materials.

The chapter on engineering change control stands out because this aspect of both data structures and process change management are not covered (or only lightly touched upon) in other ERP references.This chapter and its companion on implementing change add significant value to the book and reflect mature and best practices.I also liked the chapter on new product introduction and custom manufacturing because these aspects of the manufacturing process come with a different set of challenges and requirements from steady production processes.

Regardless of whether you're using SAP, Baan or another ERP package (or are developing custom applications to automate manufacturing materials management) this book will expose the relevant details of the data structures, which are the foundation of any application. ... Read more

53. Motion and Time Study for Lean Manufacturing (3rd Edition)
by Fred E. Meyers, Jim R. Stewart
Paperback: 370 Pages (2001-06-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Motion and time study has finally found a home in the modern plant by helping employees to understand the nature and the true costs of work, assist management in reducing unnecessary costs, and balance work cells to make work flow smoother. This how-to motion and time study book provides readers with a resource that describes the techniques and procedures of motion and time study. Practical, detailed advice is given on all aspects of motion and time study including work station design, job analysis, and the techniques of setting time standards. A new chapter places motion and time study in the context of lean manufacturing. This edition also includes a new section on ergonomics and the environmental aspects of the workplace, while continuing the hands-on approach of prior editions. For engineers and plant managers.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good content, questionable printing quality
Good explanation of traditional work measurement techniques and does discuss their application to support the "trendy" lean manufacturing techniques.As such, will help practioners of lean techniques to use a sound engineered/quantified approach.At times, seems like a commercial for author's consulting business.Page paper quality, photocopy pictures and illustrations are not professional quality.Price is questionable given printing quality.

3-0 out of 5 stars Motion & Time Study for FAT Manufacturing
Although this book has valuable information regarding traditional time and motion techniques, it does a poor job of addressing the lean manufacturing aspect.In today's dynamic manufacturing environment, the Industrial Engineer is forever pressed to increase throughput and reduce inventories rather than study time standards in infinite detail.Given these constraints, the fusion of more contemporary lean manufacturing techniques with traditional time and motion studies was severely lacking in this textbook.

4-0 out of 5 stars introduction to work study and related topics
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4-0 out of 5 stars Manufacturing revolution
As time has progressed, manufacturing professionals have become more detail oriented due to the competition within the industry and also due to the high costs of production. With the concept of lean manufacturing beingcontinuously improved, manufacturing will have a high % of efficiency. Mygoal is to see manufacturing processes have a 100% efficiency. This is agood book to use in undersstanding the big picture of lean manufacturing. ... Read more

54. Manufacturing Planning and Control for Supply Chain Management (The Mcgraw-Hill/Irwin Series Operations and Decision Sciences)
by F. Robert Jacobs, William Berry, D. Whybark, Thomas Vollmann
Hardcover: 496 Pages (2010-03-02)
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Asin: 0073377821
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Manufacturing Planning & Control for Supply Chain Management, 6e by Jacobs, Berry, and Whybark (formerly Vollmann, Berry, Whybark, Jacobs) is a comprehensive reference covering both basic and advanced concepts and applications for students and practicing professionals.The text provides an understanding of supply chain planning and control techniques with topics including purchasing, manufacturing, warehouse, and logistics systems.Manufacturing Planning & Control for Supply Chain Management, 6e continues to be organized in a flexible format, with the basic coverage in chapters 1-8 followed by the last four chapters that focus on the integration of manufacturing with the supply chain.Each chapter provides a managerial issues overview, a detailed technical presentation related to the topic, company examples, and concluding principles.This book is the essential desk reference for Supply Chain Planning and Control techniques. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Buy the other same but much cheap book. The Definitive Guide for Professionals
This Book is excellent, but...
Exactly same book as the other book, same authors, same book name with "The Definitive Guide for Professionals". This book has more discuss questions. But this price is much higher than the other.

I strongly recommend the other one, although I bought both of them.

1-0 out of 5 stars Overpriced, Unsupportive, Mind-Numbing
I required this book for a class i was taking.Overall this is one of the worst text books i have ever used.The book is filled with somewhat technical and complex information regarding MPC, yet fails to provide topical examples illustrating the principles and theories behind the information.The only reason to ever buy a book this overpriced and disobliging is for a class.

1-0 out of 5 stars I hate this Book
This book is terrible and most of my classmates concur. For example chapter 5 alludes to certain statistical methods and in essence completely butchers them.As a student I had to use several other resources to pass my classes as this text is useless. If you are an instructor select something else.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Reference
This is a must have in any business library. The material is applicable in many useful areas throughout the supply chain. It's enjoyable to read b/c you keep thinking of how to apply the theories introduced in the book in your work. This is absolutely a treasure in your library.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too wordy and lengthy content to focus the points well
Even if it is taken as the popular textbook for MPC, I'd rather read the another one: "Introduction to the materials management" by Arnold and Chapman. I can not easily catch the points and feel muddled after reading long sections and words in this book. However, the examples and case studies here are worthy to have a big picture for those who are new in this field. ... Read more

55. Manufacturing Process and Equipment
by George Tlusty
Paperback: 928 Pages (1999-08-19)
list price: US$130.00 -- used & new: US$121.47
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Asin: 0201498650
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Describes and explains existing production process and machinery.Emphasizes the analytical development and application of engineering theory to manufacturing problems. DLC: Manufacturing processes. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Manufacturing processes and equipment
The book was in very good condition when I received it.As good as new.But I bought it just because its our textbook.Otherwise not a very good book if you are really interested in manufacturing.I suggest use it and then return it with buyback offers.

5-0 out of 5 stars A well rounded text
- I am recommending this text be used for a college class.
- It is well written and well rounded.
- Great attention given to machining aspests.
- I great reference to have for anyone in metal cutting.
- I only wish it was not written using the metric system, to support students in US manufacturing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Content - Buy the Hardcover
This book has extremely practical information to assist the metal-cutting community.It discusses topics not found in many manufacturing books and is at the forefront, even though it is almost a decade old.

I own the hard cover so the quality of the product has held up.

also recommend looking at the new 2008 book by Schmitz and Smith as a follow-up.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money!!!
This was probably the most useless book I've had to buy since being in mechanical engineering. Not only was the book useless, but the book's binding fell apart on me as soon as I opened it for the very first time! I have about 60+ pages that are barely hanging on to the binding. What a shame! You pay all this money for this book and the damn thing falls apart on you. What a rip off!

1-0 out of 5 stars BINDING QUALITY IS BAD

56. Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes: The Transnational Labor Brokering of Filipino Workers
by Anna Romina Guevarra
Paperback: 256 Pages (2009-10-23)
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In Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes Anna Romina Guevarra focuses on the PhilippinesÂ--which views itself as the Â"home of the great Filipino workerÂ"Â--and the multilevel brokering process that manages and sends workers worldwide. The experience of Filipino nurses and domestic workersÂ--two of the countryÂ's prized exportsÂ--is at the core of the research, which utilizes interviews with employees at labor brokering agencies, state officials from governmental organizations in the Philippines,and nurses working in the United States. ... Read more

57. Materials and Processes in Manufacturing
by E. Paul DeGarmo, J. T. Black, Ronald A. Kohser
Hardcover: 1168 Pages (2003-12-29)
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Provides a descriptive introduction to manufacturing processes, materials, and manufacturing systems.
* Includes numerous illustrations, photographs, and diagrams throughout the text.
* Presents a solid integration of materials and processes.
* Maintains the emphasis on application and design established in previous editions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for
The book was not that expensive. The book is thick and has relevant material for drilling and machining components. The book was shipped with a very good protection which ensure it arrived on excellent conditions and on time.

1-0 out of 5 stars Materials and Processes Book
Book was late arriving.In "good" condition, other than the fact that numerous pages were ripped out.All pages there, but no easy to use book with these loose pages

5-0 out of 5 stars very detailed and easy to understand
I would have to say that this book was able to accomplish being both very detailed, and easy to understand.Not something that many authors can achieve.The simplicity in which the chapters are broken down into makes it easy for one to be able to quickly access whatever they need.Not to mention I used this for just one class, and in a semester we only got through about 12 or so chapters, of the 43.Great reference for the future and very highly recommended!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book that Covers Most Areas
I use this book in most of my Engineering classes because it contains so much information and explains it in ways that make sense to anyone.The older editions have a nicer, more comprehensive index in the back but contain just as much information.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I used this book (7th Edition) as the standard text for my Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering - I took all the electives in Manufacturing Engineering and so can say I covered a very broad range of topics in some depth.

This book is - to say the least - comprehensive.Not only did I find it an easy but thorough reference while taking my courses, I still frequently refer to it over 10 years later.I can honestly say that it is rare that I have to go outside of this book to look up details on basic manufacturing and machining processes.

A real benefit to the way the book has been written is the extensive use of photographs and diagrams to illustrate just about every point (often several to a page).When you are trying to understand real world problems like manufacturing this is essential.

In fact, I would go so far to say as if you are just someone with an inquisitive mind that likes to tinker with machine tools then you'll find this book useful.There have been plenty of times when I stumbled upon something while researching another topic and had a "so that's how they do it" moment.

You won't find extensive theory in the book - if you need to do theoretical calculations on strength of materials etc then you will want to look elsewhere.If you are interested in the practical details of manufacturing processes then this is the one for you.Perhaps thats the reason why this volume gets all the use and my theory books stay in the basement!

By the way, it's a real tome - over 1100 pages in the 7th edition - I'm sure there have been revisions in the 8th edition but haven't seen it yet.Even though it's expensive this book has paid itself off many times over for me. ... Read more

58. Introduction to Manufacturing Processes
by John Schey
Hardcover: 984 Pages (1999-07-27)
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Asin: 0070311366
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This revision aims to address changes that have taken effect since the publication of the second edition. The most significant change has been in the attitude of industry to concurrent engineering. In 1987, mostly lip service was paid to it; today, it has become general practice in most competitive corporations. In the second edition , the author discussed this as the manufacturing system. In the third edition it becomes the focal point.

Concurrent engineering involves the whole product realization process, including product concept, performance criteria, mechanical design and analysis, materials selection, process planning and modeling, production control, automation, assembly, management, and others. An introductory text cannot possibly cover all of these topics, hence the emphasis of the third edition remains on the physical principles and the application of these principles to processes. The major difference relative to the second edition will be the emphasis on interactions between process and design. Capabilities and limitations of processes will be highlighted to show what they mean in terms of design possibilities, and design modifications will be suggested for ease of manufacture. Impact on the environment and possibilities for recycling will be woven into the entire text. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the top two manufacturing books
John Schey's manufacturing book is one of the top two in the field - the other being Serope Kalpakjian's. Schey writes a well balanced, clear, and insightful book. ... Read more

59. Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES): Optimal Design, Planning, and Deployment
by Heiko Meyer, Franz Fuchs, Klaus Thiel
Hardcover: 274 Pages (2009-03-02)
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Implement Enterprise-Wide Manufacturing Execution Systems Solutions

"The clearest exposition I have seen of the ideal anatomy of a production-oriented IT system. ...Palatable to decision makers within an organization...IT professionals [and] academics in IT and operations management. ...Useful and interesting." --From the Foreword by Dr. Anand Paul, Associate Professor, Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida, Gainesville

Streamline the production process from top-tier management to the plant floor using cutting-edge MES tools and techniques. Manufacturing Execution Systems shows, step-by-step, how to select hardware and software, develop implementation plans, and maintain an integrated MES solution across your entire enterprise. Learn how to maximize process capability, generate manufacturing intelligence, handle order fulfillment and QA, and ensure optimal ROI. This practical guide includes real-world case studies, predictions for the future of production-oriented IT systems, and detailed technical appendices.

  • Understand and apply MES, CPM, and integration concepts
  • Analyze and assess the advantages of different MES solutions
  • Dynamically map and model your facility, from supply chain to output
  • Manage plant data, business information, and standards compliance
  • Increase production efficiency using TQM and Lean techniques
  • Carry out production flow-oriented design and sequence planning
  • Govern order fulfillment, quality control, and plant maintenance
  • Incorporate human resources, ERP, and product lifecycle information
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60. Implementing Lean Manufacturing Techniques: Making Your System Lean and Living With It
by Julian Page
Hardcover: 266 Pages (2004-03)
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Asin: 1569903530
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This guide to taking your enterprise lean focuses on thesteps that management and workers must collectively adopt to transformany organization into a lean operation. While everyone agrees thatreducing waste in a factory is a good thing, one must first learn howto recognize bottlenecks, poorly designed workstations, workflowdisruptions, and other roadblocks to productivity: then, clear,decisive steps to remove these and all other forms of waste from thefactory must be taken. In Implementing Lean Manufacturing Techniques:Making Your System Lean and Living With It, Julian Page draws onexperience gained in a wide range of manufacturing environments toprovide modern lean alternatives to traditional factory methods. Histechniques are fully detailed, practical, workable, durable, andproven in real-life applications, and they are accompanied bystep-by-step implementation and evaluation guidelines. Mostimportantly, the author shows that actions are not enough, theworkforce must be taught to accept lean, not have it forced uponthem. Examples are provided where necessary, and useful tips and wordsof caution help guide the reader through sequential steps to becominglean. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great book
en un libro condensado todas las maneras posibles de producir , con ejemplos prácticos y concretos de implementación.
gran libro, poco citado, pero tiene mucho valor!!!!! ... Read more

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