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Breaking the cost barrier : a proven approach to managing and implementing lean manufacturing
Ruffa, Stephen A., 1961-
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New York : John Wiley & Sons, 2000.
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viii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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While much has been written about what "lean production" techniques are, Breaking the Cost Barrier is the first book to explain how to effectively put lean techniques into place. It presents the big picture on how you can understand and adopt the industry-proven techniques used in the lean production environment - and coordinate the best into one powerhouse variation management program. Case studies and examples showcase how these techniques can be applied to control production variability across industries and requirements.

Author Notes

STEPHEN A. RUFFA is a senior manager in the Department of Defense and an authority on the subject of cost effectiveness in manufacturing. His experience spearheading a joint research program between government and industry led to his identification of the principle of variation management, and is the basis of Breaking the Cost Barrier.

MICHAEL J. PEROZZIELLO was a part of Stephen Ruffa′s team on the project that was essential to the findings of this book. Perozziello has engineering experience on multiple tactical aircraft programs.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 An Opportunity for Advancementp. 7
2 The Evolution of Manufacturing in the Aircraft Industryp. 25
3 A Study in Manufacturing Affordabilityp. 47
4 The Principle of Variation Managementp. 73
5 Production and Inventory Control: The Cornerstone Enablersp. 93
6 The Impact of Production Flow and Quality Enhancementsp. 115
7 Improved Supplier Responsivenessp. 141
8 The Role of Product Designp. 161
9 The Culture of Manufacturingp. 185
10 Changing the Paradigmp. 205
11 A Final Note...p. 217
Appendixp. 223
Notesp. 235