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Covering the entire spectrum of manufacturing-related topics — from competitive strategies through performance measurements, the goal of High-Mix, Low-Volume Manufacturing is to develop the manufacturing core competencies required to obtain a competitve advantage. This book has both an immediate and long-term payoff.
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High-Mix, Low-Volume Manufacturing
"When building a competitive advantage, the principal underlying concern is to
avoid doing the same thing on the same battlefield as your competition."
R. Michael Mahoney
In his first book, "High-Mix, Low-Volume Manufacturing," R. Michael Mahoney
carefully details a variety of manufacturing issues and topics that directly
impact competitors in the high-mix, low-volume manufacturing arena. This
comprehensive book summarizes critical competitive strategies, manufacturing
fundamentals, multiple constraint synchronization techniques, and performance
measurement strategies. Although it focuses on high-mix, low-volume
manufacturing, the book describes techniques and tools that can be used by all
types of manufacturing companies.
The author, R. Michael Mahoney, is an engineer with over 19 years of experience
working in a high-mix, low-volume environment at Hewlett-Packard. His years of
experience and training as an engineer are evident throughout the work. The
book is written in a straightforward style. Material is presented
matter-of-factly with explanations provided in the form of charts, graphs,
tables, Venn diagrams, and mathematical equations. The beginning of the book has
a reference list so the reader can gain quick access to over one hundred
"High-Mix, Low-Volume Manufacturing" is not a casual read. It is meant to be
carefully analyzed and studied in order to gain the insights described within
the text. Mahoney carefully details concepts and ideas in order to help the
reader understand the techniques and tools needed in order to successfully
operate a high-mix, low-volume manufacturing operation. The best approach to
the work is to read it in stages or sections. This allows the reader to fully
grasp and understand the topics being discussed prior to reading to another
section. The work is well positioned as a reference book. You can find
information related to almost any business or manufacturing topic contained
within the 200 or so pages.
Mahoney sprinkles the book with a variety of references to different subject
areas including Heuristics, Fredrick Taylor, the economic theory concept of
pareto optimum, and Management By Objective (MBO). These references help engage
the reader in the topics and add dimension to the manufacturing theories
discussed. The inclusion of a variety of business topics puts the manufacturing
explanations into the greater business context.
Mahoney has even developed a Web page for anyone who wants to keep current with
the latest developments in the high-mix, low-volume manufacturing environment.
The address is http://www.hmlv.com. The site provides information on the topic
of high-mix, low-volume manufacturing and offers an opportunity to purchase the
The content of the book covers a wide-range of manufacturing topics. Mahoney
discusses Strategic Degrees of Freedom, Kan Ban cards, the evolution of
high-mix, low-volume manufacturing, the Theory of Constraints, Manufacturing
Resource Planning, Lot Sizing, Balancing Capacity, Multiple Constraint
Synchronization, Performance Measurement, and achieving World Class status.
Let's look at the Performance Measurement chapter. In this chapter, Mahoney
takes the topic of performance measurement and divides it into several
subtopics. The subtopics include change paradigms, education, relevance,
metrics, inventory turnover, productivity, operations performance, and world
class. All topics covered in the book are of extreme interest to APICS readers.
The subtopic of performance measurement discusses various methods of
organizational transformations. Mahoney lists four strategies for
organizational change. The first strategy is Continuos Improvement.
The second strategy, Restructuring, is discussed in detail. Mahoney describes
how traditional restructuring is a reactive strategy that can result in
decreased employee morale and a gap between management and employees. He states
that "..cost cutting reduces the net worth of a company in order to achieve a
higher return on investment."
The second approach to restructuring described is a strategy-driven approach.
Mahoney states that this approach focuses on process redesign where value-adding
activities are maximized at the expense of non-value-adding activities. In this
approach, employees are strategically redeployed to positions in which they can
add value. During this process, Mahoney asserts that, "...competitive advantage
cannot be achieved without incurring costs."
Next the concept of reengineering is detailed. This section describes how
reengineering is a socio-technological approach to organizational restructuring
based on a rapid and radical redesign of strategic value-adding business
processes. Reengineering seeks to "...attain a long-term competitiveness based
on a particular customer value proposition (e.g., cost, quality, delivery,
responsiveness, service, technology)." Mahoney labels reengineering as defensive
corporate strategy because it is simply a method of extending known competencies
and not a method of creating innovative leaps in competitiveness.
The final strategy Mahoney discusses is reinventing. He positions reinventing
as being about innovation and working in uncertainty. In fact, Mahoney states
that "predictability during the process of reinvention is virtually
non-existent." And that "winning organizations invest in innovation and are
seeking to achieve advantage as opposed to simply being competitive...They fail
forward." This book is especially relevant to APICS members since they must
constantly consider how to help their organizations achieve greater results by
failing forward. It is an interesting and intriguing concept.
From the Back Cover:
As a player in the manufacturing arena, having "High-Mix, Low-Volume
Manufacturing" on your bookshelf provides you with a high quality reference
source. It will answer questions you have about high-mix, low-volume
manufacturing as well as almost any other issue manufacturers contend with on a
Many of the problems manufacturers face seem to defy intuitive solutions . . . and are full of uncertainty and risk. But every situation—no matter how tentative or unsettling it seems—can be logically analyzed and systematically mapped out.
High-Mix, Low-Volume Manufacturing covers the entire spectrum of manufacturing-related topics, from competitive strategies through performance measurements. Although there is a special focus on high-mix, low-volume manufacturing, there is much useful and valuable information for people in all other types of manufacturing. This book is a thorough reference for practitioners and academics interested in how manufacturing should and can be run.
High-Mix, Low-Volume Manufacturing is a groundbreaking work, integrating ideas from many sources. In this book, manufacturing fundamentals are re-examined in a way that often gets overlooked by corporate strategists. This book is a comprehensive, practical, and detailed educational reference covering “global” concepts through “tactical” ideas in a clear and concise manner. The goal of this book is to develop the manufacturing core competencies required to obtain a competitive advantage. This book has both an immediate and long-term payoff.
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