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    Publications – Lean Classics

    The Lean Classics

    Below are a selection of Lean publications originally published by Productivity Press. Today, we consider these the Lean Classics. These are the books that started our collective understanding of Toyota Production System and the benefits it held. They are just as relevant today as they were back when they were originally published. If you’ve not read them, we encourage you to do so.

    Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production

    In this classic text, Taiichi Ohno--inventor of the Toyota Production System and Lean manufacturing--shares the genius that sets him apart as one of the most disciplined and creative thinkers of our time.


    Workplace Management:

    This unique volume delivers a clear, concise overview of the Toyota Production System and kaizen in the very words of the architect of both of these movements, Taiicho Ohno. Taiichi Ohno’s Workplace Management is a classic that shows how Toyota managers were taught to think.


    TPM Development Program: Implementing Total Productive Maintenance

    This book outlines a three-year program for systemic TPM development and implementation. It describes in detail the five principal development activities of TPM...


    Introduction to TPM: Total Productive Maintenance

    This was the first book in English on total productive maintenance (TPM) - a system which has been shown to reduce breakdowns to almost zero and increase worker productivity by as much as 150 percent.


    Non-Stock Production: The Shingo System of Continuous Improvement

    Shingo, whose work at Toyota provided the foundation for JIT, teaches how to implement non-stock production in your JIT manufacturing operations. The culmination of his extensive writings on efficient production management and continuous improvement...


    Zero Quality Control: Source Inspection and the Poka-yoke System

    A combination of source inspection and mistake-proofing devices is the only method to get you to zero defects. Shigeo Shingo shows you how this proven system for reducing errors turns out the highest quality products in the shortest period of time.


    A Study of the Toyota Production System: From an Industrial Engineering Viewpoint

    This is the “green book” that started it all — the first book in English on JIT, written from the engineer’s viewpoint. Here is Dr. Shingo's classic industrial engineering rationale for the priority of process-based over operational improvements in manufacturing.


    A Revolution in Manufacturing: The SMED System

    Written by the industrial engineer, Dr. Shingeo Shingo, who developed SMED (single-minute exchange of die) for Toyota, A Revolution in Manufacturing provides a full overview of this powerful just in time production tool.


    TPM in Process Industries

    Process industries have a particularly urgent need for collaborative equipment management systems, but until this book was published, lacked for programs directed toward their specific needs. TPM in Process Industries brings together top consultants from the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance to modify the original TPM Development Program.


    CEDAC: A Tool for Continuous Systematic Improvement

    When you're trying to improve quality and productivity, it's essential to target the right problems, get the right people involved in solving them, and make sure the solutions work. CEDAC will help you do all three.