Eight Conditions for Flow Production
From: Norman Bodek
Sent: February 21, 2005
I hope you liked my earlier series titled
the 10 Commandments of Kaikaku by Hiroyuki Hirano. I am
working on his latest book, a difficult but fascinating process for me. At
Productivity Inc. Press I published over a hundred books, training courses,
manuals, etc. on JIT. Each product was to enhance our knowledge of the Toyota
Production System. It was a privilege for me to meet and work with and publish the
books of the great masters, Mr. Ohno and Dr. Shigeo. Their books are classics.
Hirano adds to the masters original thoughts from his practical application of JIT
these past twenty years in Japan. Editing and re-writing his new book is an amazing
challenge for me. I am moving towards publication in English as fast as I can.
Since I recently finished my latest book, All You Gotta Do Is Ask co-authored with Chuck
Yorke, I have increased my time on the Hirano book and I am fascinated with Hiranos
ability to add to our practical knowledge base of JIT.
I hope you liked my first series and I thought that you might like to learn more about the
book as I work on it.
In this new book Hirano has a part on the Eight Conditions for Flow
Production·"one-piece flow". As I did with the 10 Commandments I would
like to share with you my understanding of these Eight Conditions and post them to you
within the next few weeks. The conditions are directly from Hirano, the comments are
mine. Please do let me know if you find this exercise of mine of value to you.
Mr. Hiroyuki Hirano has a
consulting firm in Tokyo and has written many books on JIT. At Productivity Press I
published a few of his books including:
Jit Factory Revolution: A Pictorial Guide to Factory Design of the Future
Jit Implementation Manual: The Complete Guide to Just-In-Time Manufacturing (Everything
You Need to Know for Eliminating Costly Waste)
5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace: The Sourcebook for 5s Implementation
5S for Operators: 5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace
His place in history is to be the first to
fully organize and explain all the elements of JIT in an easy to understand format.
He also has been the leading thinker on the power of 5S.
I am now working on his latest book which will be published later this year. He is
an excellent consultant and frequently works with companies in Japan and India. He
is in India this week. I wish there were Americans who would realize the power of bringing
him over here.
Eight Conditions for Flow
The 1st condition: Lay out
facilities in the sequence of processes
condition: Make facilities small and exclusive use
condition: Make U-shape line / parallel line
condition: Working by standing
condition: Multi-process operation·multi-skill operator
condition: To bring up the degree of processing one by one
condition: To make the flow
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