Thin Air

Thin Air

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Although Lean and wireless professionals seek the same goals, few are fluent in each othera€™s language. Those who are have already helped their companies tap into the competitive advantages possible by integrating wireless technology into a Lean culture of continuous process improvement. Highlighting wireless as a powerful and inherently Lean tool, Thin Air: How Wireless Technology Supports Lean Initiatives proposes practices and paradigms to help you seamlessly integrate these two dynamic resources for virtually effortless process improvements. This authoritative resource discusses the application of a wide range of wireless technologies, including RFID, wireless sensor networks (WSNs), real-time location systems (RTLSs), and global positioning systems (GPS). It addresses the modernization of infrastructure, elimination of costly hardware and redundant equipment, the facilitation of e-Kanban, and the provision of real-time visibility into any operation. It also touches upon qairsourcing, q the wireless cousin of outsourcing. The book contains a strong healthcare component with a case study on Mercy Medical Center that appears throughout the text. Drawing on success stories from dozens of companies, including American Apparel, the US Postal Service, Ford, Boeing, and Motorola, this complete resource also gives you access to a Lean Wireless ROI Calculator you can use to input values unique to your companya€™s operations and calculate estimated savings in labor and excess capacity. If you are a wireless technology provider or user, this book will help you understand how to maintain a focus on creating value. If you are a Lean practitioner, you will learn how to use wireless technology to fulfill your mission of continuous improvement.Ford and DeWALT joined with ThingMagic to create Tool Link, an inventory system that is an option aboard Ford F-150, F-Series ... As Ravi Pappu at ThingMagic describes, the users (the general contractors) are RFID novices, thus , Tool Link must be simple to use and ... a€œThe shadow box concept worked fine, a€ in which outlines of tools were drawn on a pegboard and signed in and out by inmates workinganbsp;...

Title:Thin Air
Author:Dann Anthony Maurno, Louis Sirico
Publisher:CRC Press - 2010-04-29


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