chapter  13
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lean Production-The Challenge of Multidimensional Change

ByGeorge Koenigsaecker

After 40 years' success of lean manufacturing, why are there so many "non-lean" operations? The benefits of the conversion to lean production are typically unbelievable to someone who has not experienced the change firsthand. As Table 13-1 shows, by benchmarking the multiyear conversion process in both japan and the United States, you can predict quantum improvements whether you are starting from batch production or Henry Ford-style flow production.