In today’s highly competitive business environment manufacturing companies will have to become "world class" to survive. Customers will demand the highest quality at the lowest possible cost and insist on deliveries that suit their schedules. High quality levels, exceeding 99 percent and approaching Six Sigma and reduced cycle times through flow manufacturing techniques will be a must in this new manufacturing environment.

The intent of this book is to walk the reader down a path that would lead to the creation of a world class manufacturing company. The method used is simple language describing easy to understand ideas brought to life by relating real life examples that anyone in manufacturing can relate to. The hoped for result is to spark an interest in Lean-flow Manufacturing and continuous improvement techniques that will germinate into ideas leading to actions that will optimize performance. What’s written here is not just

  theory; it has been done over and over and it was great fun each time.


Take a look at your business; compare your own factory to the situations described in this book. Actions say more than words and your words must be backed by actions. Your Company can achieve similar results or even greater results than those described in this book. Your employees can do it for you. Just ask them; they are ready to help.


Author Ronald L. Buckley describes a step-by-step process that will enable manufacturing companies to become efficient money-making organizations, able to compete and win in the new Millennium. The author draws on his own manufacturing experience to share real life challenges, describing situations that readers involved in manufacturing will find relevant, interesting and useful. He explores in detail such vital topics as:

  • Continuous Improvement: a process which not only improves profits but also develops employees' skills and knowledge, making them a greater asset to their company.
  • Lean-flow Manufacturing techniques, with productivity-raising programs that create flexibility and improve throughput velocity, such as: linked-cell Kanban pull systems and quality improvement techniques including Statistical Process Control, Six Sigma, Poka-yoke (Mistake Proofing), First-Pass Yield Improvement and Out-of-Box Failure elimination.
  • “Self-Directed Cross-Functional Teams,” in which employees from many different areas of the business work as a team to improve the Company's competitive position, as well as their own self-confidence and job satisfaction.

An investment made in reading this book will prove to be fruitful not only to the reader but also to all those individuals over whom the reader has direct and indirect influence.



284 pages, 6" x 9", ISBN 0-9727881-0-7, Quality Hardbound, $29.95 (US)


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