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Joe D. Buys


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I can answer questions about Lean initiatives both on the plant floor or in the office. Lean is about How to eliminate waste in any process. How to build and maintain teams used in Kaizen or rapid improvement events.

Experience in the area

Administrative Director of the National Association of Job Shops and Small Manufacturers. This is an organization devoted to implementing Lean in Manufacturing and Admin areas of businesses across the nation. I have co-authored or edited numerous books on Lean.




Books: FINDING PROFIT; the Lean Manufacturing journey to profit for the small job Shop ...and BACK STREET LEAN; Solutions for the Small Manufacturer


General Motors Synchronist Manufacturing program

What do you like about this subject?

Lean is the answer for leveling the global playing feild.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to educate companies in what Lean really is. It's not cutting cost (though that will come) laying-off people or being cheap. It's about eliminating non value-added waste in everything you do to incease productivity, improve quality, reduce lead time, make deliveries on-time and most importantly, increase profitability.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Lean principles can be used in every business on the face of the earth.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

If you don't use Lean principles in your business the day will come when your competition will eat your lunch.

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2016-07-02 question:

Dear Sam,    There are a number of good books out there that you could benefit from. So this is by no means a definitive list. However, these should address a number of your questions. I have included

2015-08-30 Combo Camera product.:

Dear Prashant,    There have been many combined video products in the United State for years. First video tape, than DVR and now Digital cameras that playback . Like with most things you will always have

2015-08-02 Passbook printing machine.:

Dear Prashant,    I think there is a limited market for this concept. With the use of cellphones, tablets and watches ability to access financial information instantaneously, anywhere at any time, I think

2015-07-31 CNC machine interface with smartphone device.:

Dear Prashant,    Yes, I think There's a hardware benefit. By adding data analysis as well as connectivity via the PC and network, management can Benefit from higher-performance/lower-costs . Moreover

2014-11-25 Costing a job in a machine shop:

Mary,    I'm assuming you're using a flat rate system for setting costs. In reality, different jobs are more expensive to run than others, regardless of time. For this reason it's extremely important you


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