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Lean Manufacturing Implementation

The Lean Manufacturing Handbook

The Lean Manufacturing Handbook
by Tom Epply
Assisted by Judy Nagengast
Second Edition

About the Author

Globalization, Certified Lean Manufacturing
& Out-Sourced Engineering

Globalization: "The inexorable integration of markets, nation-states, and technologies to a degree never witnessed before -- in a way that is enabling individuals, corporations and nation-states to reach around the world farther, faster, deeper and cheaper than ever before .... the spread of free-market capitalism to virtually every country in the world."
(T.L. Friedman, The Lexus and the Olive tree, 1999, p. 7-8).

Lean Manufacturing: From a term coined in the James P. Womack book, The Machine That Changed the World, based largely on his observations of the Toyota Production System. The focus at Toyota was the absolute elimination of waste, especially anything that prevents the most optimum flow and assembly of material, from raw material to finished goods. Lean principles have been implemented by many manufacturers, and many other non-manufacturing organizations, with great success, resulting in significant improvements in quality, cost and delivery performance.

Tom Epply, President of Continental Design & Engineering, is a Certified Lean Manufacturing Engineer, and a leading international authority on making the benefits of Lean Manufacturing a reality. Tom is an expert in Globalization, having personally participated in the planning and implementation of the successful migration of many Fortune 500 U.S. based manufacturing operations to Mexico, Europe and Asia. Tom is also a consultant in Out-Sourced Engineering solutions, with experience in the creation of a range of supporting engineering resources in the U.S. and India.

Tom's introduction to Lean manufacturing started in 1992 with General Motors, and has continued since that time with numerous successful lean implementation consulting assignments for many major manufacturing firms. Tom is internationally recognized as a Lean Consultant , and his monthly Lean Workshops have been delivered throughout the United States and Mexico, resulting in millions of dollars in savings.

Tom's background includes over thirty years with General Motors, where he gained a wealth of hands-on experience in all functional areas. Among them are Product engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Operations experience for a wide range of products such as starting motors, alternators and electrical components.

After leaving GM, Tom became the President of Continental Design & Engineering in Anderson, Indiana. In addition to his focused involvement in Lean manufacturing consultations, he has been instrumental in Continental's growth of over 400%, which has resulted in numerous regional and national recognitions for noteworthy business achievement.

Tom's formal education was at both Ball State University and New York University, and includes Lean manufacturing training received at both the University of Kentucky's Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems and at the University of Michigan's College of Engineering.

There are many Lean "tools" that Tom uses to improve an organization and increase productivity. But the real goal of Tom's efforts, while working as the President of Continental or as a Consultant, is the creation of a changed company that produces exactly what the customer wants — when they want it.


To start seeing results like this in your facility, speak with Continental Design's Director of Lean Manufacturing today. Call 800 875-4557 ext. 317, or send an email online.

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