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The first industrial revolution began in Britain in the late 18th century, with the mechanization of the textile industry. Tasks previously done laboriously by hand in hundreds of weavers’ cottages were brought together in a single cotton mill, and the factory was born.
The second industrial revolution came in the early 20th century, when Henry Ford mastered the moving assembly line and ushered in the age of mass production. The first two industrial revolutions made people richer and more urban.
Now a third revolution is underway. Manufacturing is going digital.
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The Lean Hangover
Why Businesses Still Struggle With Lean Manufacturing and How to Get It Right
by Rob Jablonski
One of the most powerful ways businesses have improved profits over the past two decades has been by moving away from mass production to lean manufacturing. Many, many businesses have successfully learned to use the lean way to generate stronger profits and growth. But even today, even after what feels like a barrage of training, books, consultants, and everyone chasing lean, there are still way too many businesses that just aren’t getting it right. And a few of these lean ‘wannabes’ have even damaged their performance to the point that they’ve fallen into a downward spiral as a direct result of poorly executed lean changeovers.
After nearly a generation of business leaders chasing lean manufacturing, why do so many businesses still struggle to get it right?
Having experienced successful and not-so-successful lean transformations, this is the question Rob Jablonski tackles in The Lean Hangover. Every business leader today wants to run their operations leaner, but many still don’t understand how to develop and manage the organization that actually does the work of becoming lean. Lean is not just a different way to run manufacturing within your existing organization; it is a different way to run your organization to design, implement and sustain lean manufacturing systems. Jablonski has studied these core differences in lean manufacturing approaches throughout his career and has developed these lean lessons, his proven methods for organizing the business to get lean over the learning curve and for avoiding the key pitfalls that can creep up even in mature lean businesses to create The Lean Hangover!
“Rethinking Paper & Ink: The Sustainable Publishing Revolution is a fantastic follow-up to its predecessor. Carver and Guidry, this time, delve even deeper into the environmental impacts of the publishing industry from distribution to manufacturing and unsold books, illuminating the dilemmas which face of all the industries connected. However, Rethinking Paper & Ink doesn’t just focus on the problem, it provides practical options to help remedy this crisis. The authors are passionate about ensuring that the reading audience understands that sustainability is a moving target that evolves with technology and global events. It is important, which the authors explore, to keep aware, educated and willing to try new avenues in book publishing in order to keep this industry alive moving forward in this century and beyond.” —Eric Benson, ReNourish
“When I heard about a book called Rethinking Paper & Ink, my first thought was: Hey, that’s also what we do with our Ecofont software! While reading the book, I was amazed by the diversity in both smart ideas and workable solutions. All this rethinking can really make a difference in the use of paper and ink. More over, the book shows that the ongoing changes in our world ask for constant rethinking on the way we approach things. An inspiring book.” —Gerjon Zomer, EcoFont/Spranq
“Rethinking Paper & Ink is the first truly comprehensive assessment of the book publishing industry’s environmental impact. As publishers grapple with how to make publishing a more sustainable enterprise, this is a superb, must-read resource.” — Margo Baldwin, President and Publisher, Chelsea Green Publishing
Rethinking Paper & Ink offers a critical examination of the book publishing industry and discusses ways to achieve more sustainable practices. Through extensive research and experience in the industry, the authors present ideas on sustainability within the book-making process, reviewing the environmental impacts of acquisitions and editing, design and printing, marketing and distribution, and both print and digital sales. Rethinking Paper & Ink includes a detailed account of the choices Ooligan Press made to produce the book itself and features industry profiles that highlight remarkable individuals, organizations, and businesses exemplifying these standards.
Developed by the author and now being employed by a number of businesses, Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) is an expansion of time-based competition, aimed at a single target with the goal of reducing lead times. The key difference between QRM and other time-based programs is that QRM covers an entire organization, from the shop floor to the office, to sales and beyond. Providing guidelines for establishing a QRM enterprise, this volume builds upon kaizen, TQM, TPM, and other practice to help organizations streamline all functions of their operation. It shows how to quickly introduce products, along with ways to rethink materials and production management.
Rajan Suri is Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Dr. Suri serves as Director of the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM), a consortium of over 40 firms working with the university on understanding and implementing QRM strategies. He is internationally regarded as an expert on the analysis of manufacturing systems, specializing in lead time reduction and time-based competitiveness. Dr. Suri is author of over 100 technical publications and has chaired three international conferences on manufacturing systems.
Dr. Suri has consulted for leading firms, including 3M, Alcoa, AT&T, Ford, General Motors, McDonnell-Douglas, and Xerox. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, England, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Engineering from Harvard University.