By Pascal Dennis
2006 SHINGO PRIZE for EXCELLENCE in production RESEARCH
Based at the author's own adventure with Toyota’s grasp academics and with businesses in the course of nice switch, Andy & Me is a enterprise novel set in a failing New Jersey car plant targeting the tribulations of Tom Pappas, the plant supervisor. The events, characters and plant politics will ring precise with many readers.
In a funky, readable type, Andy & Me follows Tom's dating with Andy Saito, a reclusive, retired Toyota guru whom Tom persuades to aid retailer his plant throughout the educating of the mythical Toyota creation procedure (TPS).
On this trip, the reader learns that TPS is greater than only a selection of instruments; it includes a brand new mind set and behaving. notwithstanding Tom unearths good fortune ― either in his plant and in his own lifestyles ― he learns from Andy that winning development is "endless and eternal."
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Images began to drift by … my kids, parents, people at the plant. My neck and shoulders were tight. I had a headache. I inhaled and exhaled, concentrating on my “one-point,” the spot two inches below my navel, from which my being apparently emanates. Where did I learn this stuff? My mind drifted to my last conversation with my ex-wife. ” © 2011 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC 13 14 • Andy & Me “No! I won’t relax. Sophie is only six. ” “I only get three hours with them, Teal. You know what traffic is like.
A given leak can be any combination or permutation. Pretty soon you have a fault tree that looks like a mangrove. And water leaks are only one of hundreds of critical quality elements. My head hurts just thinking about it. Our plant is a river with many tributaries. We try to balance flow within and between departments so that 58 cars an hour come off our Final line. A breakdown anywhere along the line can stop the flow. To protect ourselves, we put in buffers. There are piles of parts at each workstation; our parts warehouse is a labyrinth.
Why was he so interested in Safety, in general? The key to productivity, says Andy, is not to make more, but to use less effort. a. Explain Andy’s thinking. b. ” What’s wrong with that? Andy does balance charts for processes in the Wheel house area. a. Do a balance chart for a process in your zone of control. b. Reflections, learning points? © 2011 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC 5 Henry Ford’s Vision I ended up in the business because as a kid I was fascinated with Henry Ford. It all started with a grade-school project.