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CRC Press


Book: New Horizons in Standardized Work

Techniques for manufacturing and business process improvement

Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 10:29

(CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL) -- Enabling management to verify that processes are being performed correctly and in an efficient manner, standardized work provides limitless opportunities for process improvements. So much so, that it has become a vital component of improvement efforts in lean enterprise systems.

New Horizons in Standardized Work: Techniques for Manufacturing and Business Process Improvement, by Timothy D. Martin and Jeffrey T. Bell, is an all-inclusive guide to applying standardized work principles to virtually any business in any industry. It facilitates a fundamental understanding of standardized work principles and the logic behind their development, so readers can successfully extend and adapt them to their own work situation. It also:
• Supplies an accessible introduction to standardized work, from a cyclic perspective
• Explains how to instill and maintain quality in work processes right from the get go
• Provides the foundational basis required to apply standardized work concepts to a wide range of work situations
• Includes several appendices with helpful tips and problem-solving tools

In a step-by-step format, this book discusses the relationship of the work period and the takt time, as well as the importance of the three main worker-interface levels in job design. It includes an array of examples that demonstrate how the concepts discussed can be applied across a range of industries, including health care, construction, business processes, and food services.

Tim Martin has more than 30 years of manufacturing engineering experience in the electrical and electronics industries, where he designed systems and equipment. He has recently transitioned from manufacturing to health care. He holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering technology from Purdue University and a master of science in management from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Jeff Bell has more than 25 years in the aviation manufacturing and automotive electronics manufacturing sectors, where he designed numerous manufacturing systems using standardized work as a basis. He holds a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Kettering University and a master of science in industrial engineering from Purdue University.


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