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New Strategy for Continuous Improvement

A New Strategy for Continuous Improvement: 10 Steps to Lower Costs and Operational Excellence
Phillip Slater
160 pages, Illustrated, 8 x 10
Published: January 2007

Developed from the author’s own practical experience, this unique resource details a proven, 10-step approach to cost reduction, and provides a series of tools to help you achieve sustainable cost reduction in your business while avoiding the damage of “slash and burn”. A New Strategy for Continuous Improvement presents a new ‘Operations Improvement Cycle’. This cycle provides the benchmark, priority and guidance that were missing in the original cycle. This is achieved through a three stage process involving 10 specific steps. Additionally, it explores the issues with the traditional approach to continuous improvement and cost reduction and then takes you through the three stages and the '10 Steps’ in detail. Working with this manual will change your approach to cost reduction forever. Not only will you save money on an ongoing basis, but these proven techniques will have an impact almost immediately!

* Explains the 10 steps to lower cost reduction and how to apply them and in what order.
* Includes 47 specific 'must do' actions for success.
* Details the 42 common mistakes people make.
* Discusses the truth that implementation is a process not just an entry on a Gantt chart.
* Contains 24 templates and worksheets that help guide your team through the entire process.
* Provides 20 case studies and real-life examples that can be applied to any business.

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$24.00 BK-SCI
BOOK- New Strategy For Continuous Improvement

Smart Inventory Solutions

Smart Inventory Solutions: 7 Actions for MRO and Indirect Inventory Reduction
Phillip Slater
160 pages, Illustrated, 8 x 10
Published: January 2007

Smart Inventory Solutions is the result of the author’s time spent working with clients and studying the issues people face in trying to achieve their inventory reduction. This landmark manual shows you the seven Actions for Inventory Reduction so you can easily, efficiently and sustainably achieve your inventory reduction, free up cash, and reduce your costs without risk and impact on your capability. Additionally, it shows you the author’s self-developed Inventory cash release process™ to follow, the mistakes to avoid and a sure fire approach that minimizes your workload. In fact you'll learn how to generate better results for these types of inventory.

* Shows you how to eliminate 100% excess of inventory and reduce inventory related working capital by up to 40%.
* Illustrates how to reduce your ongoing inventory management costs.
* Helps you develop the skills of your team to enable ongoing inventory management and independence.
* Provides 20 exclusive case studies and real life examples.
* Can be applied to all ‘bought in’ inventories such as parts and components, finished goods, OEM spares, MRO inventory, engineering spares, and industrial supplies.
* Includes a data collection guide.

* An Introduction to the Inventory Cash ReleaseTM Process
* Why ‘Less Is More’
* 5 Myths of Inventory Reduction
* The Issues That Drive Excess Inventory
* Maximum Results, Minimum Effort
* 7 Actions For Inventory Reduction
* Managing Non Pareto and New Inventory
* Your Opportunities and Next Actions
* Appendix A: Inventory Reduction Glossary
* Appendix B: Data Collection Guide

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$24.00 BK-SIS
BOOK- Smart Inventory Solutions

Exploring Advanced Manufacturing Technologies CD

Exploring Advanced Manufacturing Technologies CD
Steve Krar and Art Gill
CD version in PDF format of 448 page book, Illustrated,
Published: July, 2003


Designed to introduce new technologies to students, instructors, manufacturing engineers, supervisors and managers, this ready reference includes many new manufacturing technologies for those who do not have time to undertake the necessary research.
Each topic addresses the following points:
* a brief description of the technology and where it is used
* the underlying theory and principles and how the technology works
* where the technology can be used and what conventional process it may replace
* the requirements necessary to make it work and some possible pitfalls
* advantages and disadvantages
* successful application areas.

* Introduces and provides an overview of 45 of the latest manufacturing technologies.
* Each unit has the potential for saving a manufacturer many thousands of dollars when applied properly.
* All major developments in manufacturing technology are available in this one volume...no more time-consuming searching of the Web.
* Written by a highly successful team of technical authors whose reputations for accuracy and quality are recognized worldwide.
* Many technologies have been updated to the date of publication.
* Includes these topics: Producing Prosperity, Human Resources, Internet Sourcing: Goods/Services, Justifying AM
Technologies, Superabrasive Technology, Direct Metal Deposition, Fineblanking, Product Design & Development, Internet
2D/3D File Transfer, Open Architecture CNC, Immersive/Virtual Reality, Machine Diagnostics Online, CNC Manufacturing &
Lasers, Robotics & Rapid Prototyping, E-Manufacturing, STEP NC, Manufacturing in the Future, Nanotechnology, plus 25
other advanced technologies.
* Each section has been reviewed by industrial experts to ensure that it contains the latest information and is technically accurate.

* Human Resources
* Material Removal Processes Machining/Grinding
* Cutting Tools and Accessories
* Work-Hold Devices
* Machines
* Non-Conventional Material Removal Processes
* Non-Material-Removal Processes
* Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
* Measurement, Inspection and Quality Assurance
* Manufacturing Systems
* Miscellaneous
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$56.90 BK-EAMT
BOOK- Exploring Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

Energy Reduction Through Improved Maintenance Practices

By Ken Bannister
1999, 6 X 9 softcover
128 pages
This book focuses on the use of various predictive or condition-based maintenance tools and methods intended to highlight the loss of electrical energy in industry. It also provides many quick tips for energy savings, often at little or no cost or capital outlay. The author has broad experience as a consultant to industry and is an editor for Plant Engineering magazine.
Compressed Air Systems
Electrical Connectivity
Mechanical Drive Transmission Systems
Waste Heat and Cooling Recovery
P.M. Practices
Index of Figures
Glossary of Terms
Suggested Reading
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$31.40 BK-ERT
BOOK- Energy Reduction

Hazardous Chemicals Safety

Hazardous Chemicals Safety & Compliance Handbook for the Metalworking Industries
Richard P. Pohanish and Stanley A. Greene
600 pages, Illustrated, 7 x 10
Published: November, 2005

This unique handbook provides operators and technicians in the metalworking, machining, and metal finishing industries
with an easy-to-use, single-volume guide to the hazardous materials commonly found in the above sectors. Containing
detailed information on nearly 450 chemical hazards, this work provides identifiers (foreign and domestic); trade names and
chemical synonyms; physical properties; short- and long-term health effects; guidelines for exposure; respirators; warnings;
incompatibilities; fire data; and OSHA, EPA, California, and Canadian safety recommendations and regulations. No other
reference offers this kind of integrated compilation of safety and environmental compliance data or directory information
related to these industries. You will need no other reference!

* Includes an extensive introduction outlining and explaining the requirements and regulations.
* Presents each chemical record in a uniform format of data elements, including record number, record name, trade
names and chemical synonyms, EEC numbers, CAS number, 2004 Emergency Response Guidebook four-digit ID, DOT
Hazard class or Division, three-digit ERG Guide, molecular formula, RTECS number, physical properties, and health and
safety information.
* Contains extensive appendices including: sources of information, separate lists of dangerous oxidizing materials by
name and CAS number, an updated list of all Poison Control Centers in the U.S., glossary of safety and environmental terms,
extensive synonym and trade name index, and a complete CAS number index to chemicals covered.
* Takes an international approach in that chemical records contain: European Economic Community ID numbers,
European Inventory of Existing Commercial Substances ID numbers, Canadian WHMIS ingredients disclosure list levels,
International Agency for Research on Cancer information about carcinogens, and MAK values from Deutsche
* Covers important metalworking hazards such as mineral oil mists and welding fumes.

* Preface
* Introduction
* Occupational Exposure to Metalworking Fluids: Summary and Recommendations
* Cleaning and Degreasing: Alternatives, Benefits, and Limitations
* Key to Acronyms and Abbreviations
* Key to California List of List Regulations
* Chemical Records A Z (ACETAL ZIRCONOCENE)
Appendix A: Sources of Information
* Industrial Safety and Health Organizations
* Federal Government Agencies
* Metalworking Trade Associations
* Reference Books and Government Publications
Appendix B: Oxidizing Materials
* By Name/CAS Number
* By CAS Number/Name
Appendix C: Poison Control Centers
Appendix D: Glossary
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Out of stock
$47.00 BK-HCSCH
BOOK- Hazardous Chemicals Safety and Compliance Handbook

Lean Production

Lean Production - Implementing a World-Class System
John Black
200 pages, Illustrated
Published: July, 2008

The concept of lean production is not new, but the challenges of dramatic change management often stymie business leaders trying to put lean operations into place. This newly-revised and greatly expanded volume aims to provide a readable, real-world roadmap for putting into place the indispensable strategy and tactics managers need to make lean work and move their organizations - whether manufacturing or service-based - toward a world-class production system. Drawing upon decades of experience in the front lines of lean production and organizational transformation, the author provides cases, anecdotes, examples, rationales and concrete tools to help business leaders stop talking about lean production and actually make progress toward achieving it. It's the perfect resource for leaders at all levels who are interested in improving their competitiveness, building more successful operations, and moving toward world-class performance in customer satisfaction, profitability, and employee satisfaction.

* Contains in-depth "insight" chapters that explore key principles of the strategy with detailed explanations, examples, anecdotes, graphics, and comments by business leaders experienced in each area.
* Addresses the use of lean production principles and tools in service organizations and small companies.
* Provides actual case histories of successful implementation in a variety of organizations.
* Includes explanatory graphics and charts, including key steps and measurements for use in implementation.
* Features an extensive glossary and additional recommended reading.

Table of Contents:

* What is a Lean, World-Class, Production System?
* Getting Lean-the Route to World-Class Production
* Japanese Roots-Toyota, Toyota, Toyota
* Building the Foundation-Employee Involvement, and the Example of Boeing's 757 Airplane Productivity Program
* Erecting the Roof-the Crucial Role of Leaders
* Promoting the Process-the Power of the Promotion Office
* Japan Study Missions-the Power of Learning and Doing
* Champions, Consultants, Sensei-the Differences and Their Key Roles
* The Roadmap-Striving for Perfection Through Kaizen
* Beyond Manufacturing-the Office and Service Industry Wasteland
* Summary: The Opportunity is Yours to Choose
* Appendix I: Ten Lessons for a Lean, World-Class Production System
* Appendix II: Further Reading
* Appendix III: Glossary
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$24.00 BK-LP
BOOK- Lean Production

Materials Selection and Applications in Mechanical Engineering

Materials Selection and Applications in Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Aravamudhan Raman
512 pages, Illustrated, 7 x 10
Published: September 2006

Unlike any other text of its kind, Materials Selection and Applications in Mechanical Engineering contains complete and in-depth coverage on materials of use, their principles, processing and handling details; along with illustrative examples and sample projects. It clearly depicts the needed topics and gives adequate coverage with ample examples so that ME students can appreciate the relevance of materials to their discipline.
Featuring the basic principles of materials selection for application in various engineering outcomes, the contents of this text follow those of the common first-level introductory course in materials science and engineering. Directed toward mechanical engineering, it introduces the materials commonly used in this branch, along with an exhaustive description of their properties that decide their functional characteristics and selection for use, typical problems encountered during application due to improper processing or handling of materials, non-destructive test procedures used in maintenance to detect and correct problems, and much more. Whats more, numerous examples and project-type analyses to select proper materials for application are provided. With the use of this unique text, teaching a relevant second-level course in materials to ME majors has never been easier!

* Covers all aspects of engineering materials necessary for their successful utilization in mechanical components and systems.
* Defines a procedure to evaluate the materials performance efficiency in engineering applications and illustrates it with a number of examples.
* Includes sample project activities, along with a number of assignments for self exercise.
* Keeps chapters short and targeted toward specific topics for easy assimilation.
* Contains several unique chapters, including microprocessing, MEMS, problems encountered during use of materials in mechanical components, and NDT procedures used to detect common defects such as cracks, porosity and gas pockets, internal residual stresses, etc.
* Features commonly used formulae in mechanical system components in an appendix.
* Several tables containing material properties are included throughout the book.

Part A: Materials Selection Principles and Application to Mechanical Engineering
* Materials Selection for Mechanical Engineering
* The Material Engineering Index (MEI)
* Analysis of Materials Performance Efficiency
* Specific Example – MPI Analysis for Optimum Material Selection for a Steam Turbine Rotor

Part B: Properties of Interest in Mechanical Components and Systems
*****a. Mechanical Properties
* Mechanical Properties of Importance in Mechanical Engineering – Tensile and Compressive Properties
* Material Properties – Mechanical – Fracture Characteristics and Fracture Toughness
* Material Properties – Mechanical – Fatigue
* Material Properties – Mechanical Creep
* Material Properties – Mechanical – Friction and Wear
* Variation of Mechanical Properties and Residual Stresses
*****b. Physical Properties
* Physical Properties of Interest to Mechanical Engineering – Thermal Properties of Materials
* Physical Properties of Interest to Mechanical Engineering – Electrical Properties
*****c. Chemical Properties
* Material Properties – Chemical – Surface Properties – Corrosion

Part C: Materials Used in Mechanical Components and Systems
* Mechanical Engineering Materials – Metallic – Ferrous Alloys – Steels, Stainless Steels, and Cast Irons
* Mechanical Engineering Materials – Metals – Non-ferrous Aluminum, Titanium and Copper Alloys
* Mechanical Engineering Materials – Metallic – Non-Ferrous Alloys – Nickel – and Cobalt-base Superalloys
* Other Metallic Materials Used in Mechanical Engineering
* Engineering Ceramics and Polymers
* Engineering Materials – Composites

Part D: Materials Engineering
*****a. Processing Techniques
* Mechanical Processing and Thermal Treatments
* Materials Process – Surface Treatments and Case Hardening
* Micromanufacturing – Micromachining, Lithography, MEMS
*****b. Material Handling
* Problems with Materials during Use – Manifestation, Detection and Correction
* Materials Maintenance – Non-Destructive Testing of Mechanical Components

Part E: Materials in Use in Mechanical Components and Systems
* Materials Commonly Used for Single Mechanical Engineering Components
* Examples of Selection of Materials for Single Components
* Materials Selection for Components in Simple Mechanical Systems
* Materials Analysis in Multi-Component Mechanical Systems – Materials in Use for Components in Engines of Various Kinds
* Materials in Use in Multi-Component Mechanical Systems – Pumps
* Materials Selection for Selected Thermal Systems

Part F: Selected Materials Selection Projects
* Examples for Materials Selection for Single Components
* Material Selection for Components in Multi-Component Mechanical Systems: Selected Projects
* Analysis of Materials Selection for New Mechanical Designs and Systems
* Simple Materials Selection Projects

Part G: Appendix – Useful Table and Data
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$76.40 BK-MS
BOOK- Materials Selection

Overall Equipment Effectiveness

By Robert C. Hansen
2001, 6 X 9 illustrated hardcover
256 pages
Written primarily for those responsible for the reliabilty of equipment and the production operation, this innovative book centers on developing and measuring true Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). The author demonstrates that true OEE correlates with factory output, providing a methodology to link OEE with net profits that can be used by reliabilty managers to build solid cases for improvement projects, and draws on his own experience by presenting successful improvement applications in every chapter. Additionally, it will help practitioners better understand Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and develop an effective foundation to support Reliabilty-Centered Maintenance (RCM).
Understanding the Power of Overall Equipment Effectiveness
Learning the basics of OEE Metrics
The Finacial Aspects of OEE
People Expectations
The Value Fulcrum, Understanding Priority Setting/Focus
Win-Win Maintenance/Equipment Shutdown Strategies
Reliabilty, Availabilty, Maintainabilty/System Performance Analysis (RAM/SPA)
A General Tool for Acceptance Testing
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$29.00 BK-OEE
BOOK- Overall Equipment Effectiveness

Value Analysis Tear-Down

Value Analysis Tear-Down
Yoshihiko Sato and J. Jerry Kaufman
176 pages, Illustrated, 6 x 9
Published: December, 2004

This book presents, for the first time, a new technology for improving products and innovating new and better products, first developed in Japan by Yoshihiko Sato. Value analysis tear-down combines traditional tear-down with the technologies of value analysis and value engineering. Within a few years of its public announcement in Japan, value analysis tear-down was adopted by all eleven Japanese automobile manufacturers, and many of the Japanese consumer electronics manufacturers. Jerry Kaufman, based in Houston, Texas, is a recognized authority and author on value engineering and value management, and has contributed much that is in these technologies to the process described in this book. The result of his collaboration with Mr. Sato is a process that helps engineers and managers reduce product cost, improve quality, continuously improve existing products, and discover opportunities for innovative change.

The first 'how-to-do-it' book in English, it is written specifically for professionals in product engineering, manufacturing engineering, and value engineering; and the managers of these professionals, including plant managers, production managers, manufacturing executives, and research and development executives. It will also be useful to manufacturing, marketing, and management people concerned with product improvement, innovation, and improving their company's competitive position. Value analysis tear-down can be applied in many service and other industries, as well as in manufacturing; wherever there are physical components to be improved or invented.

* Chapter 1. VA Tear-Down What Is It, How It Developed
* Chapter 2. Value Analysis and VA Tear-Down
* Chapter 3. The VA Tear-Down Process
* Chapter 4. Applying VA Tear-Down to Issues of Concern
* Chapter 5. Evaluating VA Tear-Down Results
* Chapter 6. Other Measures Of Competitiveness With VA Tear-Down
* Summary
* Bibliography
* Appendix Worksheets
* Index

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$29.00 BK-VATD
BOOK- Value Analysis Tear-Down

Creating and Maintaining a World-Class Machine Shop

Creating and Maintaining a World-Class Machine Shop: A Guide to General and Titanium Machine Shop Practices
Edward F. Rossman, Ph.D.
240 pages, Illustrated, 7 x 10
Published: February 2007

This manual is about proven principles of success in metal fabrication. The material presented is practical and in-use, as the examples will show. While the primary focus of this book is on machining titanium, many of the items discussed could apply to any machining or manufacturing enterprise.The look and feel of a world-class shop is described with many examples. If you own, manage, or work at a general or titanium machine shop, or at virtually any metal fabrication shop, you will find yourself referring to this manual over and over again!

* Discusses selection, education and training of manufacturing people.
* Covers the features of shop equipment including machines and fixturing.
* Provides the latest information available on the efficient machining of titanium.
* Explains machining of difficult features along with recommended courses of action to minimize warpage and part distortion.
* Includes discussions on benching and sanding of parts.
* Covers cutters and cutter coatings.
* Describes efficient and lean practices, along with some frugal metrics for measuring progress.
* Features the author’s thoughts on inter-company sharing of machining technology.
* Offers tidbits of useful information from the author’s toolbox and memorable experiences from his world of machining.

Group I: Defining a World-Class Machine Shop
* Traits of a World-Class Machine Shop
* A 30-Minute Shop Assessment
* Selection and Training of Employees

Group II: Equipment
* Work Holding and Fixturing (Killer Fixturing for Milling Large Parts)
* Machines

Group III: Machining of Titanium
* Rough Milling of Titanium
* Finish Milling of Titanium
* Maintaining Large Part Accuracy
* Machining Difficult Features
* Warpage

Group IV: Sanding and Vibratory Finishing
* Sanding and Benching
* Vibratory Finishing
* Group V: Cutters – Sources of Cutters
* Cutter Checking
* Cutter Life

Group VI: Efficiency & Lean Practices
* Inter-Company Sharing
* Continuous Improvement Is Not Enough
* Lean Studies and Communication
* Measuring Shop Performance
* Work Cells

Group VII: Ed’s Tool Kit - Tid-bits and Rules of Thumb
My Tales – Memorable Happenings

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$44.90 BK-WCMS
BOOK- Creating a World-Class Machine Shop