Art has immersed himself into the intricacies of problem solving since 1988, when he joined Toyota at its Kamigo Engine Plant in Toyota City, Japan. Taiichi Ohno was plant manager at Kamigo and conducted many of his famous experiments there that led to the development of the Toyota Production System. Art learned directly about problem solving from Tomoo Harada, who led the maintenance activities that created the stability that enabled Ohno’s innovations in flow to succeed. After leaving Toyota, Art became director of lean production operations at Donnelly Corp. At McKinsey & Company, he was the firm’s leading expert in lean production. He currently aids companies implementing lean through Art of Lean.
Art is the author of the new book The Four Types of Problem Solving and theworkbook Creating Level Pull, which received a 2005 Shingo Research Award. He is coauthor with Durward Sobek of Understanding A3 Thinking, winner of a 2009 Shingo Research Award.He was inducted into the Shingo Prize Academy in 2006.
- 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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