Art Smalley is a renowned expert specializing in leadership, problem solving, and operational improvement.
In the latter part of the 1980s Art was one of the first Americans to work for Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan, first studying at different universities in Japan and then learning the principles of TPS in the historic Kamigo engine plant where Taiichi Ohno was the founding plant manager. Art also played an instrumental role in the development and transfer of TPS methods and precision equipment to Toyota’s overseas plants.
After a decade in Japan, Art returned to the United States and served as Director of Lean Manufacturing for Donnelly Corporation for five years. Art helped lead one of the most impressive lean transformations in North America. Donnelly won multiple awards while substantially improving net income, as well as operational metrics in safety, quality, productivity, delivery, and morale. Art’s work and this turnaround was featured in Forbes and many other publications.
In 1998, Art joined the international management consulting firm of McKinsey & Company and was one of the firm’s leading experts in lean manufacturing. He counseled numerous Fortune 500 clients on operational matters involving lean implementation and oversaw numerous successful quality, cost, and delivery improvement projects.
In 2003, Art launched his own company Art of Lean, Inc. and now divides his time serving a diverse base of clients such as Parker Hannifin, Delphi, Timken, Schlumberger, Gillette, Nexteer, Sandia National Laboratories, private equity groups, and many other organizations. A vast array of articles, guides, and documents pertaining to leadership and lean are available on his website: www.artoflean.com
Art serves as author and periodic advisor to the Lean Enterprise Institute and its global affiliates, delivering lectures to leading manufacturing executives around the world. In 2005, Art authored the Shingo Publication Award-winning workbook Creating Level Pull on implementing basic pull production. In 2008, he co-authored with his friend and colleague Professor Durward K. Sobek, the Shingo winning book Understanding A3 Thinking. In 2010, Art published Toyota's Kaizen Methods: Six Steps to Improvement with Isao Kato. In 2018, Art wrote his latest book Four Types of Problems, published by the Lean Enterprise Institute.
- Pull Systems Must Fit Your Production Needs
Author Art Smalley described three different kinds of pull systems, meant for very different production enviornments.
- Heijunka: Leveling the Load
- Connecting Assembly with Batch Processes Via Basic Pull Systems
Author Art Smalley outlines three signal kandan systems that support pull.
- How to implement a replenishment pull system using kanban
A case study in which a California manufacturer implemented replenishment pull between an injection-molding operation and two assembly cells.
- Creating Level Pull in the Office
This article defines the characteristics and outlines the benefits of a pull system for service and office processes
- Creating Level Pull
This workshop addresses how to tie together the flow of all product families through a facility by implementing a lean production control system that establishes the conditions for superior performance. Through instruction, discussion, a simulation, and in-class exercises this workshop will explain how to implement and sustain true flow, pull, and leveled production in a facility from the customer demand point of view backwards through the entire facility from finished goods back to raw materials.
LEI Workbook set
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