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This book is different. Firstly, it acknowledges the fact that people find implementation difficult so it approaches the situation by focusing on a number of specific scenarios --some involving growth, some involving decline…. and takes the reader through the detailed application of MCPD in these scenarios.
The author’s experience as a lean manufacturing consultant has clearly shaped his approach to the development of strategy and practice - no bad thing obviously … but he has added his own thoughtful and thorough approach on top to provide a ’system’ capable of providing real improvements in manufacturing productivity and profitability.
The book is detailed and peppered with abbreviations - sometimes making it quite a ‘hard’ read. It is also generally a book that suits readers not afraid of quantitative approaches and the application of mathematical formulae. However the author also recognizes that improving productivity via a structured, quantitative approach also brings intangible benefits.
It is worth persevering with the detail to uncover the underlying principles and ‘truths’ that will allow you to ‘make a difference’."
The book starts with an excellent description of the manufacturing environment problems and needs and then the new approaching method is introduced and explained in terms that can be easily understood not only by college educated professionals, but also by a large amount of people who are working every day in manufacturing plants and have to resolve so many issues.
At the end, the book is analyzing manufacturing samples from everyday life and is proposing practical solutions the optimize the good ones or remove the bad ones.
After spending a pleasant time reading and professionally enlightening myself, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in improving the efficiency of his manufacturing process he is in charge!"
In his book, Alin is describing the needs for this strategy (the why?) and the steps for this transformation system implementation for tangible and consistent fulfillment of MCI (the how?). And the case study presented in the 3rd section of the book is an eye-wide opener for the organizations on the road for this strategy deployment implementation, with all the links between product families manufacturing flow, cost of losses and waste understanding, actions or improvement initiatives throughout the manufacturing flow, levels in the organization and the annual MCI goal."
I would also particularly highlight the three case studies at the end of the book: accurate on defining the issue, providing clear ”pattern” and road-map on MPCD implementation, result analyze and conclusion. A lecture to consider for each manager passionate on improving his results!"
Alin presents a new method to identify priorities for improvement activities, by looking at the CLW (compared to just looking at KPI's like: ”down time”, ”scrap/ rework rate”, etc). Quantifying losses and waste through a money value gives Continuous Improvement Engineers and/ or Middle Management the right arguments for convincing the Top Management to approve improvement projects resources. On the other hand, the Top Management can link better the improvement activities to the Annual Targets for Cost Reduction. The case studies shown help clarifying questions which might arise when trying to put this new theory into practice.
This book is useful to companies starting an improvement journey or to companies which tried already to improve their operations, but didn't manage to achieve a significant impact. MCPD system ensures a step-by-step guidance to achieve the manufacturing cost improvement."