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Grok the Muda: We Must Recognize Waste to Remove It (MFG161A)

Presented by: William A. Levinson, P.E.
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  •  Thu, January 21, 2016
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Learn Henry Ford's and Taiichi Ohno's proven approach to world-class lean manufacturing.

"Grok," in Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, means "to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed." It has entered the English language as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary: "to understand profoundly and intuitively." Taiichi Ohno, the creator of the Toyota Production System, made clear the need to apply this principle to all forms of waste. "To implement the Toyota production system in your own business, there must be a total understanding of waste."

Henry Ford himself made clear the need to understand how to think, rather than to memorize cookbook recipes for lean manufacturing. As he wrote in Moving Forward (1930), "Sometimes we of the Ford Motor Company meet men who have taken our books as their business Bibles and are trying to run their businesses as we ran ours ten years ago. They thought they had found in our books a complete system of management which only needed to be applied and it would automatically produce results." The case studies in My Life and Work (1922), Today and Tomorrow (1926), and Moving Forward illustrate instead a profound way of thinking that, if learned, equips the reader to achieve world-class results in any enterprise.

This webinar by expert speaker William A. Levinson, P.E. will provide you with the skills and insights necessary to understand and apply the principles of superior waste management in your industry. These understanding and skills will help you drive phenomenal growth in your company - in a way achieved by iconic companies such as Ford and Toyota.

Session Highlights:

  • The definition of waste - it also includes the waste of time, people and assets.
  • Understanding Masaaki Imai's value-adding "Bang" - process adds value only when it transforms the work.
  • Understanding and eliminating "waste motion" - Frank Gilbreth's principle
  • How waste of consumables can easily hide in plain view - Insights from Shiego Shingo
  • Henry Ford's view on why failure to recognize an opportunity constitutes an enormous waste-never recognized by any accounting system.
  • How transportation and storage of non-value-adding weight (such as water in products, or air in packaging) is waste that hides in plain view.

Who Should Attend

Manufacturing managers, engineers, and executives

About Our Speaker(s)

William A. Levinson | Quality and Productivity Management SpeakerWilliam A. Levinson P.E.
William A. Levinson, P.E., is the principal of Levinson Productivity Systems, P.C. He is an ASQ Fellow, Certified Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor, Quality Manager, Reliability Engineer, and Six Sigma Black Belt. He is also the author of several books on quality, productivity, and management, of which the most recent ... More info

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    Event Title: Grok the Muda: We Must Recognize Waste to Remove It
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