Selecting the Right Manufacturing Improvement Tools

1st Edition

What Tool? When?

Authors: Ron Moore
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750679169
eBook ISBN: 9780080468198
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 27th November 2006
Page Count: 416
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Selecting the Right Manufacturing Improvement Tools offers an easy-to-read and comprehensive review of the most important current industrial improvement tools that every manufacturing or industrial executive, operational manager or engineer needs to know, including which tool to use for a particular type of manufacturing situation.

But his book goes beyond a simple comparison of improvement tools to show how these tools can be implemented and supported. Instead, it offers a broader strategic explanation of how they relate to one another, and their relative strengths and weaknesses in the larger context of the entire enterprise. It demonstrates how to use these tools in an integrated way such that they are not just be viewed as another “program of the month” or management fad. Selecting the Right Manufacturing Improvement Tools guides the use of these individual management tools within the need for aligning the organization, developing leadership, and managing change, all for creating an environment where these tools will be more successfully applied.

Key Features

· Provides an excellent review of the most popular improvement tools and strategies - Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, including 5S, Kanban, Quick Changeover, and Standardization, Total Productive Maintenance, Six Sigma, Supply Chain Management, Reliability Centered Maintenance, Predictive Maintenance (or Condition Monitoring), and Root Cause Analysis.
· Illustrates the use of each tool with case studies, using a fictitious company called "Beta International," which continues its journey to business excellence from author's previous book, Making Common Sense Common Practice · Describes the foundational elements necessary for any tool to work - leadership, organizational alignment and discipline, teamwork, performance measurement, change management, and the role of innovation.
· Concludes with a recommended hierarchy for the use of the various tools, and provides enough information so that individual circumstances and issues can be related to these improvement tools, making better decisions and having greater business success.


Departments of materials engineering, metallurgical engineering, mechanical engineering, and manufacturing engineering

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction The Scene The Response The Tools Lean Manufacturing Cost Cutting – Does It Work? Why Do Executives Persist in Cost Cutting?

  2. Aligning the Organization Why We Must Align the Organization Aligning for Manufacturing Excellence Developing and Using an Asset Management Strategy as an Alignment Tool CEO Compensation: MIS-Aligning the Organization Initiative Overload: a MIS-Alignment Issue Closing

  3. Innovation Cost Cutting vs. Creating an Innovative Environment Getting Lower Costs through “Little Innovation” Creating Expectations Outsourcing/Offshoring – The Loss of Innovation Two Scenarios Human Capital – The Heart of Innovation and Value Creation Other Human Asset Valuation Methods Closing

  4. Leadership and Teamwork Introduction to Leadership Models Leaders v. Managers Vision, Reality, Courage and Ethics Personal Humility and Professional Resolve Building Character through Principles Aligning the Organization Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Inspiring Ordinary People to Extraordinary Performance Summary – Common Traits of Leadership Teams and Teamwork – A Model for Excellence The Dysfunctions of Teams Closing

  5. Managing Change Introduction Articulate a Compelling Reason for Change Apply Leadership and Management Principles Communicate t


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About the Author

Ron Moore

Ron Moore, P.E., is the managing partner of The RM Group, Inc., and an internationally recognized authority on reliability, manufacturing, and maintenance strategies. He has also been president of Computational Systems, Inc., a supplier of instruments and software to manufacturing companies. Moore holds BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the University of New Haven and is conversational in Russian.

Affiliations and Expertise

Ron Moore, P.E., Managing Partner, The RM Group, Inc. Knoxville, TN


...provides information that allows companies to understand the most popular tools and strategies and to relate these to their circumstances and issues, helping them make better decisions and more effective use of the various tools available:- Iron & Steel Technology, March 2007