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By Pascal Dennis

2006 SHINGO PRIZE for EXCELLENCE in production RESEARCH

Based at the author's own adventure with Toyota’s grasp lecturers and with businesses in the course of nice swap, Andy & Me is a enterprise novel set in a failing New Jersey automobile plant targeting the tribulations of Tom Pappas, the plant supervisor. The occasions, characters and plant politics will ring actual with many readers.

In a funky, readable variety, Andy & Me follows Tom's courting with Andy Saito, a reclusive, retired Toyota guru whom Tom persuades to assist store his plant in the course of the instructing of the mythical Toyota creation process (TPS).

On this trip, the reader learns that TPS is greater than only a selection of instruments; it includes a brand new state of mind and behaving. notwithstanding Tom unearths good fortune ― either in his plant and in his own existence ― he learns from Andy that winning development is "endless and eternal."

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2011 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC 27 28 • Andy & Me Meanwhile, a young mechanic and entrepreneur named Henry Ford was trying to design a car that was easy to manufacture and repair. He had a vision: a simple, cheap, and durable car for the common people. After several bankruptcies he finally succeeded in 1908 with the Model T. Over the next decade Ford invented a system that could turn out quality cars at lower and lower prices. Henry had a knack for finding the right people. As he roamed the shop floor, men like investor Alexander Malcolmson, finance expert James Cousins, and management guru Alfred Taylor tended the business.

Some cars go directly into the Assembly department; others are held, depending on the mix we need. When a car is needed, a crane extracts it from the tower. © 2011 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC Continuing the Tour • 39 The ASRB puts cars back into sequence. How do they get out of sequence? All the repair work we do. Without the ASRB we couldn’t synchronize our production with that of our suppliers. Each week the head office gives us our build schedule: so many convertibles, so many hard tops, in these colors, with these options, and in this order.

She took it all in. ” “Much opportunity,” said Andy. ” “Mr. Saito,” she said. “Tom Papas is the best thing that ever happened to us. We’d have lost this plant if not for him. If you’re a friend of Tom’s, then you’re a friend of mine. ” I didn’t know what to say. © 2011 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC Continuing the Tour • 43 “That means a lot to me, Carolyn. ” Andy and I walked back in silence. We had work to do. Snow scrunched beneath our feet as we walked past the west docks. I counted twelve tractor-trailers unloading parts for the night shift.

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