• Provide criteria on how to choose suppliers that will make good long-term partnerships
• Demonstrate proven methods for employing Plan for Every Part (PFEP) to link your facility to the supply base
• Present a true cost model that eliminates guesswork when choosing suppliers to develop
• Show how to develop and maintain efficient information flow all along your supply chain
• Use real-world examples to cover likely contingencies
• Provides a sample quarterly supplier review that you can adapt for your own use
Lean requires flexible leaders at the helm who can readily adjust to ever changing conditions and it requires like-minded partners all along the supply chain. Finding and developing these partners is not about good fortune, it is all about an uncompromising approach to continuous improvement and the application of systematic methods that will build working partnerships that broaden your definition of what is possible.
“This book is not just thoughts, but a detailed process of why, how and when to begin and implement lean supplier development.”
— Mark Gooch, VP Lean Enterprise, Pentair, Inc.
“The book can be viewed as a checklist adaptable to any business striving to develop an effective supply chain.”
— Kathryn A. Miller, vice president, Lean Enterprise & Quality, Parker Hannifin
“Read it, understand it, adopt the principles yourself, convert your supply base and watch your top-line revenues and bottom-line profits grow!”
— Rick Dauch, president and CEO, Acument Global Technologies
About the Authors
Dr. Chris Harris is a coauthor of the Shingo Prize-winning book Making Materials Flow, published by the Lean Enterprise Institute. Chris has also coauthored two other books with Rick Harris, one on human resources’ role in Lean manufacturing, entitled Developing a Lean Workforce, and the other on the vital information flow in a production facility, entitled Lean Connections, both published by Productivity Press. Chris has also written many articles on Lean production systems. He began his Lean manufacturing training as a team member on the assembly line at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK). He continued his Lean training at Toyota Tsusho America in Georgetown, Kentucky and at Delphi Alternator Division in Anderson, Indiana. Chris has a doctorate in business administration from the Anderson University Falls School of Business in Indiana. He is vice president of operations for Harris Lean Systems http://www.harrisleansystems.com.
Rick Harris is the president of Harris Lean Systems and has been helping companies to become Lean for the past 15 years. He has pioneered the reverse flow process to achieve increases in efficiency. Rick has extensive experience in developing new manufacturing layouts that facilitate one-piece flow, operator flexibility, operator engagement, first time through quality, optimum uptime, and reduced capital investment. He has also coauthored the two Shingo Prize-winning books Creating Continuous Flow and Making Materials Flow, published by the Lean Enterprise Institute. Rick has also coauthored two other books with his son, Dr. Chris Harris: Developing a Lean Workforce and Lean Connections. He received his Lean training while serving as a manager in assembly at the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky and continued his Lean learning at the Toyota Tsutsumi Assembly Plant in Japan. He was a member of the start-up team at TMMK, where he gained extensive knowledge of the Toyota Production System. Prior to his Toyota experience, he spent 15 years with General Motors.
Chuck Streeter is the owner of Streeter Lean Principles, LLC located in Indianapolis, IN. Chuck has worked with Rick Harris for over ten years, helping companies navigate through their Lean business system transformation journeys. As a Lean practitioner he has helped guide facilities to best improved, plant of the year, and corporate excellence accolades while instilling the principles of Lean in both their manufacturing and business processes. Chuck gained his formal education with a bachelor of science in management from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master of science in systems management from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Chuck is a level III certified acquisition program manager, as well as a retired commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
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