Global competition in the manufacturing arena continues to intensify, exerting unrelenting pressure for better quality, faster delivery, greater product diversity and lower price. In response, manufacturers have undergone significant, often wrenching changes to reengineer existing processes. While these changes may have resulted in substantial improvements, they have only been achieved through the expenditure of extraordinary levels of effort. And still, managers are left with the uncomfortable feeling they are falling short of market expectations.
Every manufacturing organization is unique. Experience has repeatedly shown that the attributes that make each plant unique are the company culture, the performance measures, and the plant-wide policies and operating procedures- all of which have evolved over the years.
Despite each plant's uniqueness, all manufacturing plants share many common attributes. This volume clearly explains the dynamics that create these shared characteristics, and provides powerful insight into into both the problems that plague different plant types as well as the appropriate solutions.
With clarity and insight, the authors identify the outdated assumptions (and resulting practices) that continue to hinder our competitive performance. Through pointed examples, they show managers how to apply powerful, common-sense principles to systematically redefine competitive performance today and drive continuous improvement for tomorrow.
Synchronous Management is an indispensable hands-on guide to the practical application of constraint theory. No manufacturing manager intent on change for the better should set foot in the factory without first having read these books."Comments on this Book:
Ken Burns, President/CEO, Fairfield Manufacturing
♦ Synchronous Management charts one of the most rapid and reliable routes yet to a lean manufacturing enterprise. It shoud be required reading for managers in all areas of the manufacturing business."
Joe Henley, Dir of Mfg Technology, Case Corp
"After successfully implementing synchronous manufacturing strategies throughout our production operations, Synchronous Management has provided the philosophical foundation for an enterprise-wide improvement initiative that will lead us into the 21st century well ahead of the pack."