New Book from Oaklea Press Details Breakthrough in Lean Manufacturing

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The marriage of Lean manufacturing techniques and sophisticated computer algorithms is expected to result in big productivity gains for fabricators of complex assemblies, enabling them to offer customization of their products at prices that cannot be duplicated using conventional methods.

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A book called “Lean Manufacturing in Build to Order, Complex and Variable Environments,” due out December 1, promises to change how manufacturing operations are run in industries in which the ability to customize products according to customer specifications is desirable.

Lean manufacturing expert Bruce A. Henderson said, “To meet the constantly changing demands of customers in a dynamic marketplace, the authors have combined the principles of Lean with computerized algorithms in a way not done before, creating a new Lean paradigm for businesses operating in highly variable, complex manufacturing environments. The impact on companies in such categories is almost certain to be huge. One can expect a reshuffling to occur and winners and losers to emerge not imagined or anticipated today.”

Henderson is the former Chairman and CEO of Imation Corporation and the co-author of “Lean Transformation,” a book published in 1999 that is now required reading for Lean certification by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. His co-author, Jorge Larco, is the lead author of this new book.

“Not since the invention of computers has a way to put them to work been found that will increase the productivity of build to order products to the extent now possible,” said the book's publisher, Stephen Hawley Martin. “Today, a business that can deliver high-quality, customized products at a low price - and do so when the customer wants - stands a good chance not only of staying in business, but of being a leader of its category. In the past, this was possible only in certain industries where repetition was the norm. Now, thanks to Larco and his team, it is possible in highly variable, complex manufacturing environments as well.”

“Lean Manufacturing in Build to Order, Complex and Variable Environments” is being issued by The Oaklea Press and will be available on December 1. Copies can be pre ordered at

Stephen Martin
Oaklea Press
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Richmond, VA 23226
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