By Jon Miller |Post Date: May 17, 2013 11:05 PM
If you are looking for a definitive technical guide to implementing lean manufacturing in discrete production, logistics or for improving end-to-end supply chain performance, Kaizen in Logistics and Supply Chains by Euclides A. Coimbra is the book for you. This book is the result of two decades of collected practical experience by Euclides and members of the Kaizen Institute team. The book explains what it takes to apply kaizen to logistics and supply chains. After introducing the various concepts and explaining each in detail, the final chapters walk through an actual case study based on the lean transformation of a European manufacturer. The book is illustrated with over 150 figures giving up-close look at the systems for designing and implementing heijunka, kanban systems, internal and external logistics loops, production line layouts, workstation design, line balancing, standard work and much more.
Worthy of special note is the level of detail this book covers on the "border of line" concept of delivering materials to the point of use based on the use of small containers, frequent deliveries, standardized routes made by the water spider, material transport trains, types of kanban loops and connection to the supermarket, and how to establish the foundation of leveling pull planning to enable continuous flow. Too many lean implementations try to "pull and flow" without really understanding what it takes to do this successfully across the whole enterprise, and Coimbra gives both a broad and deep view into this area.
The chapters on external logistics, milk runs, warehouse deign, source flows, logistics pull planning and other practical topics on lean distribution are also valuable, and the use of value stream maps throughout the book to demonstrate how to understand the current state and design the future state by applying the various concepts that are introduced allow the reader to build a step-by-step framework.
Although the book describes manufacturing supply chains throughout, the exact same principles and methods are being successfully applied in real life to logistics and supply chain processes in retail, healthcare, food service and energy companies worldwide. Kaizen in Logistics and Supply Chains by Euclides Coimbra is recommended for anyone interested in improving supply performance in safety, quality, cost, product availability, order lead-time and inventory levels.