This Flow Manufacturing ... book (Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2019) tells 101 stories of company efforts to implement the many aspects of flow manufacturing – including such topics as just-in-time production, total quality control, reorganization of factories into product-focused or customer-focused cells, plants-in-a-plant, material flows by the simplicity of visual kanban, supplier partnerships, quick setup of equipment, cross-training and job rotation of the work force, and many more. The 101 caselets include 26 non-U.S. companies from 12 countries and cover a wide swath of industrial sectors, and include many well-knows corporations such as Apple, Campbell Soup, Honeywell, and Boeing.
In this broadly and deeply researched Best Practices book (Wiley, 2008) Dr. Schonberger taps the "leanness studies" (15 or more years of hard data on 1,300 large, global companies) backed up by company interviews, and draws often surprising, out-of-the-mainstream conclusions about the global state of lean and process improvement.
Schonberger's 2001 book details how to cope in the new era of hypercompetition – and accounting scandals (see, especially, Performance Management chapters 6 and 7 – on what must be done inside the firm to reveal real strengths and weaknesses):
Let's Fix It! Overcoming the Crisis in Manufacturing: How the World's Leading Manufacturers Were Seduced by Prosperity and Lost Their Way (Paying the Price of Stock Hyping and Management Fads)
Richard Schonberger, Ph.D., is an independent researcher and author based in Bellevue, WA (Seattle area). He is author of more than 200 articles and papers, a 12-volume video set, and several books including:
Flow Manufacturing – What Went Right, What Went Wrong: 101 Mini-Case Studies that Reveal Lean's Successes and Failures (Routledge/Taylor & Francis/Productivity Press, 2018)
Best Practices in Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement: A Deeper Look . . . with Telling Evidence from the Leanness Studies (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2008)
And from Free Press imprint of Simon & Schuster:
World Class Manufacturing The Next Decade: Building Power, Strength, and Value (1996), in seven languages and six printings.
Building a Chain of Customers: Linking Business Functions to Create the World Class Company (1990), in five languages; over 28,000 copies sold.
World Class Manufacturing Casebook: Implementing JIT and TQC (1987); over 30,000 copies sold.
World Class Manufacturing: The Lessons of Simplicity Applied (1986), in eight languages and 20 printings; over 150,000 copies sold.
Japanese Manufacturing Techniques: Nine Hidden Lessons in Simplicity (1982), in nine languages and 25 printings; over 160,000 copies sold.
Schonberger is originator of the now widely-used term (and supporting concepts), world class manufacturing..
Among his current activities, Dr. Schonberger is director of: 1. The Leanness Studies, an on-going tracking of inventory turnover data for more than 1,500 companies in 37 countries. 2. An international benchmarking research project called World Class by Principles (WCP), with assisting research partners in leading nations globally.
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Miscellaneous Schonberger Presentations, 2004-19:
Recent 2-day, 1-day, half-day workshops/seminars: Monterrey, Mexico (Sponsor: Katcon, Inc.); Stockholm, Sweden (Sponsor: Sandholm Associates); Norman, OK (Sponsor: Executive Lean Summit); Duck Key, FL (Hollister, Inc.); Cardiff, Wales, UK (Sponsor Lean Enterprise Research Center, Cardiff University); Steyr, Austria, for SKF Management (Sponsor: Upper Austria Univ. of Applied Science); Manchester, UK (Sponsor: Manufacturing Institute); Mumbai, India (Sponsor: RA Knowledge Forums); New Delhi, India (Sponsor: RA Knowledge Forums); Shanghai, PR China – in 2007 and 2008 (Sponsor: Mena Maxson); Cleveland (Cleveland APICS); Santa Clara, CA (Santa Clara APICS); Nashville, TN (sponsor: Shingo Prize); Tijuana, Mexico (principal sponsor: Calidad Total Empresarial)
Topics: These presentations focus on a wide variety of issues, especially regarding process improvement, lean/fow management, and total quality; some slanted specifically on human resource management, performance management and measurement, supply-chain/value-chain management, management accounting/lean accounting, design for manufacturing and assembly, designing and equipping factories, capital equipment, global/regional/sector trends, and competitiveness/strategic management. Please see "Recent Articles," later in the website, for titles that relate to presentation topics.
Special Topics Presentation - 31st Annual Shingo Conference, Cincinnati, May 2, 2019
Presenter, 17th Annual LLSS World Conference, Las Vegas, April 4, 2018
Tutorial, 15th Annual QRM Conference, Madison, WI, June 19, 2017
Special Invited presenter, The Assembly Show, Rosemont, IL, Oct. 26, 2016
Special Invited presenter, Shingo Insitute International Conference, Washington, D.C., Apr. 27, 2016
Keynote, Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, Nov. 23, 2015
Keynote, 2015 Shingo Latin America Summit, Queretero, Mexico, Sept. 23, 2015
Keynote, 14th Annual Conference on Quick-Response Manufacturing, Madison, WI, June 23, 2015
Keynote, International DFMA Forum, Providence, RI, June 4, 2014
Keynote, 50th Anniversary of Tec de Juarez, Cd. Juarez, Mexico, March 31, 2014
Keynote, Central Coast Lean Summit, San Luis Obispo, CA, Feb. 21, 2014
Presenter, ASQ 22nd Annual Service Quality Conference, Las Vegas, Oct. 7, 2013
Keynote, 8th Annual Shingo Prize Mexico Congress, Monterrey, Mexico, Sept. 26, 2013
Webinar, Industry Week, Mar. 14, 2013
Webinar, Lean Frontiers, Dec. 11, 2012
Keynote, The Association (of college administrators) Spring Conference, Puyallup, WA April 13, 2012
Keynote, Association for Quality Management Lean and Six Sigma 11th Anniversary Conference, Phoenix, AZ, Feb. 12, 2012.
Invited presenter, APICS, Buffalo, NY, Nov. 17, 2011
Invited presenter, APICS, Rochester, NY, Nov. 16, 2011
Keynote, Hand Tools Institute, Chicago, Oct. 24, 2011
Keynote, Slimmer Werken Conference, Van Lente & De Vos, Eindhoven, Netherlands, June 1, 2011
Keynote, 7th Swedish Six Sigma and Lean Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, May 31, 2011
Keynote, First International Value Chain Management Conference, Steyr, Austria, May 5, 2011
Keynote, Vortex 2011 Conference, Polytecnic Institute, Hermosillo, Mexico, Mar. 15, 2011
Keynote, ChemChina annual managers' meeting, Beijing, Dec. 15, 2011
Keynote, Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting, San Diego, Nov. 21, 2010
"Hot Topics" presentation, 2010 APICS International Conference, Las Vegas, Oct. 19, 2010
Keynote, Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing, Norman, OK, Sept. 20, 2010
Tutorial, 21st Annual POMS Conference, Vancouver, BC, May 8, 2010
Invited speaker, APICS Puget Sound, Bellevue, WA, Apr. 14, 2010
Invited lecturer, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, WA, Feb. 5, 2010
Keynote, South Carolina Lean Alliances Annual Conference, Greenville, SC, Dec. 9, 2009
Keynote, Annual AME Conference, Senior Leadership Evening, Covington, Kentucky, Oct. 20, 2009
Keynote, Annual Job-Shop Lean Conference, Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH, Sept. 14, 2009
Keynote, Annual AME-CME Conference, Calgary, June 2, 2009
Invited Speaker, Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development, at AEM-CEM Annual Conference, Calgary, June 2, 2009
Keynote, 15th Annual IEMS Conference, Cocoa Beach, FL, Mar. 9, 2009
Professional Development Meeting, APICS Bellingham, WA, & Western Washington Univ. student chapter, Nov. 5, 08
Keynote, Lean Accounting Summit 2008, Las Vegas, Sept. 18, 08
Featured Speaker, SABMiller Biennial Technical Conference, Krakow, Poland, Sept. 2, 08
Keynote, SAPAmericas Lean Enterprise Summit, Philadelphia, July 22, 08
Keynote, Lean Enterprise Research Center's 2008 Conference, Cardiff, Wales, UK, July 4, 08
AME Western Regional Conference, San Diego, Supply-Chain Flight, June 10, 08
Plenary Speaker, Forum Production & Management 2008, Upper Austria Univ. of Applied Science, Steyr, Austria, May 29, 08
Keynote, Noria Lean 2008 Conference, Nashville, TN, May 22, 08
Plenary Speaker, 19th IIE Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, May 20, 08
Keynote, Lean Track, IIE Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, May 19, 08
Keynote, 19th Annual Production/Operations Management (POMS) meeting, La Jolla, CA, May 10, 08
Keynote, 20th Annual Shingo Prize Conference, Dallas, TX, Apr. 3, 08
Professional Development Meeting, APICS-Seattle, Bellevue, WA, Dec. 12, 07
Mini-Seminar, Coloplast, Global Operations Management Seminar, Humlebaek, Denmark, Nov. 14, 07
INFORMS Annual Meeting, Seattle, Nov. 4, 2007
Keynote, Supplier Day, Schweitzer Engineering Labs, Pullman, WA, Feb. 13, 07
Keynote, Manufacturing Teleconference, Genlyte, Jan. 17, 07
Keynote, Lean Accounting Summit, Orlando, FL, Sept. 21, 06
Seminar, SWEP International, Landskrona, Sweden, Sept. 4-5, 06
Keynote, "International Conference on Agile Manufacturing," Norfolk, VA, July 19, 06.
"Lean Services" presentations, IronMan 06 Conference, Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore, Jan. 12, 06
Cardinal Health, Columbus, OH, Nov. 16, 05
Keynote, 4th Annual Applied Mfg. Conference, Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, Arlington, TX, Oct. 27-28, 05
42nd PLAN Logistics Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, Apr. 15, 05
AmorePacific Co., Seoul, Korea, Dec. 3, 04
Lean Enterprise Seminar, Korean Standards Asso. Consulting, Seoul, Korea, Dec. 2, 04
Korean Tools Industry Cooperative, Seoul, Korea, Dec. 1, 04
Korea Western Power Co., Seoul, Korea, Dec. 1, 04
Customers of Arrow Electr., San Jose., Nov.11, 04
Customers of Arrow Electronics, Minneapolis., Nov. 9, 04
Customers of Arrow Electronics, Boston, Oct. 26, 04
Universidad Aut�noma del Noreste, Torre�n, Mexico, Oct. 15, 04
2004 APICS International Conference, San Diego, Nov. 12, 04
RMIT University, Melbourne Australia, Sept. 3, 04
City of Dandenong/Victoria government, Springvale, VIC, Australia, Sept. 2, 04
City of Dandenong/Victoria government, VIC, Australia, Sept. 1, 04
MBA students, PE Technikon, Port Elizabeth, S. Africa, June 21, 04
Lean leader session, Shingo Prize Conference, May 19, 04
Saginaw Valley APICS/NAPM/mfg. asso., Apr. 13, 04
Lean event, Manufacturers Resource Center, Allentown, PA, Mar. 30, 04
4th Ind. Engrg. Symposium, Tecnologico de Delicias, Delicias, Mexico, Mar. 23, 04
Takata Seat Belts, Monterrey, Mexico, Mar. 10-11, 04
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