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    anon
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    I am working in an industry which deals with high volume production of mixed products of electronic industry. I know for the fact that since it is a mixed products facility, therefore, i can not implement JIT which calls for repetitive manufacturing. Also, I can not set machine for the systemetic flow of the products because we are dealing with mixed products. We train workers to be able to handle different kinds of products with ease. But i am not really satisfied with the current situation and want to implement Lean manufacturing strategies.
    Can anyone out here give me suggestions for continual improvement in this regard.
    Thanks

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    #101605

    Mike Carnell
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    Anon,
    You have made some assumptions that I don’t think are true concerning product mix and JIT,
    Get a copy of a book called “Japanese Manufacturing Techniques” by Schoenberger it might give you some ideas.
    Good luck

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    #101610

    Dog Sxxx
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    There are two typed of kanbans, one is called product dependent and product independent. You make use of product independent kanban to cater for many mixed products as you want. 

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    #101623

    anon
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    Dear Dog Sxxx, could you please guide me where i can read this “independent kanban” article.  I am very interested in it.
    Thanks

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    #101624

    Savage
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    Anon,
    I agree with Mike.  You’ve made some assumptions that are incorrect.  I work for a compnay doing electronics manufacturing and we are low-medium volume and very high mix.  We have implemented several JIT techniques throughout our entire value stream. Visit http://www.lean.org.   They have several workbooks available for reference. 

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    #101633

    Dog Sxxx
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    I learned some lean stuff from Oliver Wight people many years ago. Those OW people are true experts in their field unlike some people so-called MBB all over the place. Their materials are copyrighted which I cannot share with you. But I recommend you a value for money book on the lean subject written by a US guy. Pls give me your email address. 

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    #101634

    Mike Carnell
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    Dog Sxxx,
    I am always open to a new read. [email protected]
    Now lets talk about that accusation you made that was a complete fabrication.

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    #101636

    Dog Sxxx
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    It’s better not to drag a passed away person into our “dispute”. You shall be fully aware that I was referring to a SS company in my posting, not to late Bill Smith who is a respected person.
    BTW, I will email you the book titled to in a few days time.

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    #101637

    Mike Carnell
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    Dog Sxxx,
    Bill Smith was the inovator of Six Sigma that is a fact. You claimed you had contracted with the inovator. A lots of us came from Motorola.
    You like to used the word “dragged” around those issues you have blundered around and find out you don’t know what you are talking about. Colorful word when you need a convenient way out.

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    #101638

    Dog Sxxx
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    SS originator (not innovator!!) can be the company itself or in you word is Bill Smith. People with a little bit common sense shall know that late Bill Smith has nothing to do in my posting because he was passed away long time ago.
    I let the readers to judge themselves and I will stop responding to you on this issue.

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    #101650

    anon
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    Dear Mike, Dog Sxx,
    I thought that this forum will help me in fixing my problem but i can see that I am not getting any useful reply. Mike, you and Matt mentioned initially corrected me about my wrong thinking (concept) about  JIT. I read it on the net too then. Thanks, but Matt the address you mentioned in your last post, I went to it and really let me tell you one thing that i am residing in a part of the world where i can not buy such an expensive journals (to me it is expensive, may be its not for you). Please guide me where i can go and read about the material you mentioned on the net.
    Also, please we are here to share our knowledge, not for defending one or the other. We should treat everyone with respect and disagreement should be looked as an opportunity of improving onself in every aspect…..
    Best Regards
     

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    #101682

    Mike Carnell
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    Anon,
    There is a library on the site that Matt  mentioned. There is a lot of free information there.
    Good luck.

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    #101687

    Dog Sxxx
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    This public forum is not always can give you the answer you want because this is just another public forum. 
    I know most of the materiasl from USA companies is too expensive for those people from a third world country like me. That is too bad! 
    You can go to http://www.bnet.com to find some free JIT reading materials.

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    #151557

    curious george
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    Greetings,
    I came across your request for help and I realize this is late in coming but here it is;  look at the value stream.  Map each process and study how each process ties in with the other. Scrutinize each process step and place in various categories, non-value added, value added and business value added. Eliminate the NVA steps and improve the VA steps. Continue in this direction with the objective being; shrink the value stream time line.  Ask why? at every opportunity.  Drill down into the answers and you will discover a multitude of wasteful activities.
    That’s Continous Improvement, Kaizen. It’s easier said than done.
    Good luck.
    Curious george

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    #151560

    PK
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    Dear Anon,
    I agree to all the points mentioend by Mr George. Pl. find few more for your use,
    1. While making the current state of mapping in preparing the value stream map, pl. go in the reverse direction of the process flow. all including the information flow has to be mentioned upto the supplier end.
    2. After making the current state, then move forward for the future state mapping steps.
    3. Pl. try to get the book “Learning to See” by Mike Rother and John Shook for your reference. Which is cheap enough to buy for your organization.
    JIT can be implemented in any type of organization and hence pl. donot ever take it as impossible. It is always better to understand the process clearly in an organization, rather than just completing the projects for improvemnt. Understanding the organization and its processes/operations would come out with the obstacles, the non value added activities and hence you can be successful in implementing the tools and techniques.

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