The Lean 3P Advantage: A Practitioner's Guide to Production, Preparation and Process

  • 5h 37m
  • Allan R. Coletta
  • CRC Press
  • 2012

Written from an operations perspective, The Lean 3P Advantage: A Practitioner’s Guide to the Production Preparation Process explains how to build collaborative thinking and innovation into the front end of the design process. Describing how to develop successful new products concurrently with new operations, the book illustrates real-world scenarios with numerous examples and case studies to help newcomers succeed the first time around. For those familiar with 3P, the book supplies the basis to explore Evergreen 3P—a process for applying 3P to small-scale design projects for similar benefits.

  • Details the 3P Lean Design process, explaining how and why it works so effectively
  • Includes case studies and examples of real-world applications
  • Presents time-tested methods based on the combined experience of numerous practicing companies

Coverage includes product planning and evaluation criteria, selection of alternatives, timing considerations, construction of prototypes, and measuring effectiveness. This book will help you and your team develop holistic designs that foster innovation and deliver products and production operations that effectively utilize people and exceed the expectations of all stakeholders.

About the Author

Allan R. Coletta is a chemical engineer with extensive manufacturing operations, supply chain, and engineering experience gained while working in the chemical process and health-care diagnostics industries. His Lean experience started while serving as site manager for ICI Uniqema’s largest specialty chemicals plant in North America and continued to expand his role as Senior Director of Engineering for Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. His passion for manufacturing and engaging people in continuous improvement continues to grow through personal application of Lean principles.

Allan serves on the Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s Fiduciary and Advisory Boards and is a member of the Delaware Business Mentoring Alliance. He is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME).

In this Book

  • Lean 3P Design Concepts
  • Lean 3P's Place in the Product Development Process
  • Applying Lean 3P Design and Gaining Leverage
  • Getting Started
  • The Countdown and Overview of the 3P Event Week
  • Kickoff, Charter, and 3P Goals
  • Product Planning and Process Evaluation Criteria
  • Defining Value-Adding Functions
  • Flow Diagrams, Developing Seven Alternatives, and Selection of the Better Three Alternatives
  • Process at a Glance, Selecting Teams, Constructing the Three Prototypes
  • Rapid Evaluation of the Three Prototypes, Selecting the Final Prototype
  • Developing the Final Prototype, Incorporating Evaluation Criteria, and Measuring Effectiveness: Final Report-Out
  • 3P Project Management: Potholes and Stumbling Blocks
  • Evergreen Lean 3P Design: Conclusions