Build-to-Order & Mass Customization; The Ultimate Supply Chain Management and Lean Manufacturing Strategy for Low-Cost On-Demand Production without Forecasts or Inventory

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This 2008 book will show how to: Build any product, standard or mass-customized, on-demand without forecasts or inventory. Simplify supply chains to resupply spontaneously, rather than trying to manage complex supply chains that order and wait for parts. Achieve substantial cost advantages from eliminating inventory and many overhead costs. Revolutionize company business models with evolutionary self-supporting steps for dramatic growth of revenue and profits.

This book will be extremely valuable for manufacturers that have any of these challenges:

Customization. Craft customizing is slow, expensive, and hard to maintain quality. Customizing by mass production is inefficient and compromises the other production.

Product Variety. Build-to-forecast producers sell products from inventory. As variety increases, it gets harder to keep enough of every variation in stock to satisfy demand.

Unreliable Forecasts. Forecast accuracy decreases dramatically as variety and market volatility increase, which are both rising.

Inventory Problems. Selling products from inventory creates many problems: out-of-stocks, obsolescence, write-offs, inventory carrying costs, and discounting unsold inventory.

Response time. Manufacturers of products or industrial parts may try to build products to-order but will not be able to deliver them quickly if they have to wait for parts, setup changes, and equipment availability.

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About the Author:

Dr. Anderson is the world's leading expert on showing companies how to build standard and mass-customized products on-demand without forecasts or inventory.

His first book on this subject was Agile Product Development for Mass Customization (1997, McGraw-Hill). Dr. Anderson was appointed guest editor for the Mass Customization issue of the Agility Forum's journal, Agility & Global Competition (Vol. 2, No. 2, Spring 1998).

Starting in 1989, he has facilitated the Suzaki/SME video program, Techniques for Continuous Improvement, on eliminating waste, reducing lead times, implementing flow, improving productivity, and reducing setup, batch size, and inventory.

He taught two courses on BTO for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), after which he lead two AME plant tours at Hoffman Engineering, which, based on Dr. Anderson s principles, build a $30,000,000 plant to build on-demand a wide variety of mass-customized and standard sheet-metal enclosures.

He also wrote the book on DFM, literally and figuratively: Design for Manufacturability & Concurrent Engineering; How to Design for Low Cost, Design in High Quality, Design for Lean Manufacture, and Design Quickly for Fast Production ; (2008, CIM Press). At the Management of Technology Program at the University of California at Berkeley, he created and taught the course New Product Development.

His book-length website is on the subject, Half Cost Products, with that title as the URL.

Dr. Anderson has over 35 years of industrial experience and has trained many leading companies who have implemented principles from this book. As Manager of Flexible Manufacturing at Intel's Systems Group, he developed manufacturing strategies, designed flexible tooling, and initiated their successful programs for standardization and DFM.

For seven years, his own company, Anderson Automation, Inc., built special production equipment for companies such as IBM and Optical Coating Labs and generated production equipment design studies for SRI International, Clorox Manufacturing, and two divisions of FMC. He has been issued four patents and is working on more.

Dr. Anderson is a Fellow of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and has been certified for 10 years as a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) by the Institute of Management Consultants. He holds professional engineering (P.E.) registrations in Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Anderson can be reached at (805) 924-0100 or anderson@build-to-order-consulting.com.

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