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The purpose of this course is to introduce business and engineering students as well as managers to the process of kaizen (Continuous Improvement) and Total Employee Involvement.
Credits: 3 hours
Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)
Introduce Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing, Kanban, JIT and Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) as it applies to manufacturing systems to the extent that the participants can practice these approaches in real world situations.
Lean Enterprise Systems – Using IT for Continuous Improvement, by Steve Bell, Wiley Sons, Editor Andrew Sage, 2006 edition. (required)
Automation, Production System and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Mikell Groover, Latest Edition, Prentice Hall.
Factory Physics, Foundation of Manufacturing Management, Wallace J. Hopp & Mark L. Spearman, Edition 2, IRWIN
Toyota Production System – 3rd Edition, Yasuhiro Monden, Chapman Hill Publication.
Other materials – from a list of websites
Western Michigan University
E-220 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Revision Date: Fall 2009