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The Machine That Changed the World

Author : James P. Womack
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When James Womack, Daniel Jones, and Daniel Roos wrote THE MACHINE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD in 1990, Japanese automakers, and Toyota in particular, were making a strong showing by applying the principles of lean production. However, the full power of lean principles was unproven, and they had not been applied outside of the auto industry. Today, the power of lean production has been conclusively proved by Toyota's unparalleled success, and the concepts have been widely applied in many industries. Based on MIT's pioneering global study of industrial competition, THE MACHINE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD offers a groundbreaking analysis of the entire lean business system, including product development, supplier management, sales, service, and production - an analysis even more relevant today as GM and Ford struggle to survive and a wide range of British abd American companies embrace lean production. A new Foreword by the authors brings the story up to date and details how their predictions were right. As a result, this reissue of a classic is as insightful and instructive today as when it was first published.

The Machine that Saved the World

Author : Murray Leinster
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What if the inhabitants of Earth received a message from the future warning of an upcoming calamity that could wipe out the entire planet? That's the plot that propels "The Machine that Saved the World" by prolific SF luminary Murray Leinster. When the denizens of the future propose a solution, however, one man harbors suspicions. Is he merely paranoid, or are his misgivings well founded?

The Machine that Changed the World by James P Womack Daniel T Jones and Daniel Roos Summary

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Do you want more free book summaries like this? Download our app for free at and get access to hundreds of free book and audiobook summaries. The Story of Lean Production - Toyota’s Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars that is Now Revolutionizing World Industry. Peter Drucker once dubbed the automobile industry as “the industry of industries,” and today, automobile manufacturing is still the world’s largest manufacturing activity as more than 50 million new vehicles are produced each year. You likely own a vehicle yourself. Perhaps you own several. Regardless, the automobile industry has changed our lives in more ways than one. Twice in this century, it has changed the fundamental idea of how we make things, which then influences how we work, what we buy, how we think, and how we live. One Japanese car company, in particular, Toyota, has maintained a credible reputation for quality and innovation, making it one of the most successful car manufacturers worldwide - valued for its reliability and efficiency. The foundation of its success comes from Toyota’s production system called lean production. A system that has become so successful that is has spread into other industries across the globe, including design, programming, and management. As you read, you’ll learn how the assembly line was revolutionary but flawed, why Toyota allows any employee to halt production, and why Toyota refuses to keep warehouses full of inventory.

Machine that Changed the World

Author : James P. Womack
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Examines Japan's innovative, highly successful production methods

The World s Greatest Adventure Machine

Author : Frank L. Cole
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An adventure novel about four lucky kids and a mysterious, but thrilling ride for fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Jurassic Park! CastleCorp and the famous Castleton brothers are unveiling the World’s Greatest Adventure Machine! The roller coaster is an experience like no other, and four lucky kids have won the chance to be the first to ride it. There’s Trevor, whose latest stunt got him in trouble at school again. There’s Devin, whose father is pushing him to be the next Internet sensation. Nika’s wealthy grandfather isn’t too pleased about her participation. And Cameron, he’ll be the first to tell you, is a certified genius. The whole world is watching. But as the kids set off on their journey, they begin to realize that there is perhaps more to their fellow contest winners than meets the eye. And the Adventure Machine? It might just have a mind of its own. Join the contestants on their wild ride if you dare. Your adventure starts now! "[The World's Greatest Adventure Machine] made me laugh out loud as I was pulled through the twists and turns until my stomach dropped in suspense or I waved my hands in the air, cheering at the adventure. It will take you on a ride that you won’t soon forget!"-Peggy Eddleman, author of Sky Jumpers "A deftly written action/adventure novel...[that] will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to both elementary school and community library collections."-Midwest Book Review Praise for Frank Cole’s The Afterlife Academy: A Whitney Award Nominee “An appealing ghost story without being creepy, this title would be a great read for any reader looking for a mix of adventure and humor.” —School Library Journal “A fun, suspenseful read. . . . Cole’s fast-paced fantasy can be enjoyed by the entire family.” —Deseret News “The adventure of a lifetime—or after-lifetime.” —OBERT SKYE, author of the Leven Thumps series “A fast-paced and fun adventure that puts a new twist on the afterlife!” —PLATTE F. CLARK, author of Bad Unicorn

World s Work

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Iron and Machinery World

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The Discrete Charm of the Machine

Author : Ken Steiglitz
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The genesis of the digital idea and why it transformed civilization A few short decades ago, we were informed by the smooth signals of analog television and radio; we communicated using our analog telephones; and we even computed with analog computers. Today our world is digital, built with zeros and ones. Why did this revolution occur? The Discrete Charm of the Machine explains, in an engaging and accessible manner, the varied physical and logical reasons behind this radical transformation. The spark of individual genius shines through this story of innovation: the stored program of Jacquard’s loom; Charles Babbage’s logical branching; Alan Turing’s brilliant abstraction of the discrete machine; Harry Nyquist’s foundation for digital signal processing; Claude Shannon’s breakthrough insights into the meaning of information and bandwidth; and Richard Feynman’s prescient proposals for nanotechnology and quantum computing. Ken Steiglitz follows the progression of these ideas in the building of our digital world, from the internet and artificial intelligence to the edge of the unknown. Are questions like the famous traveling salesman problem truly beyond the reach of ordinary digital computers? Can quantum computers transcend these barriers? Does a mysterious magical power reside in the analog mechanisms of the brain? Steiglitz concludes by confronting the moral and aesthetic questions raised by the development of artificial intelligence and autonomous robots. The Discrete Charm of the Machine examines why our information technology, the lifeblood of our civilization, became digital, and challenges us to think about where its future trajectory may lead.

Mechanical Engineering A Century of Progress

Author : Thomas H. Fehring, P.E.
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This book describes approximately 50 engineering accomplishments -- a number of which were subsequently designated historic mechanical engineering landmarks. This book can serve as an entry guide into the remarkable engineering achievements that occurred in the greater Milwaukee area from the late 1800s until the early 1900s, much of which centered around Milwaukee's Menomonee River Valley.

The Power of the Machine

Author : Alf Hornborg
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Hornborg argues that we are caught in a collective illusion about the nature of modern technology that prevents us from imagining solutions to our economic and environmental crises other than technocratic fixes. He demonstrates how the power of the machine generates increasingly asymmetrical exchanges and distribution of resources and risks between distant populations and ecosystems, and thus an increasingly polarized world order. The author challenges us to reconceptualize the machine-"industrial technomass"-as a species of power and a problem of culture. He shows how economic anthropology has the tools to deconstruct the concepts of production, money capital, and market exchange, and to analyze capital accumulation as a problem at the very interface of the natural and social sciences. His analysis provides an alternative understanding of economic growth and technological development. Hornborg's work is essential for researchers in anthropology, human ecology, economics, political economy, world-systems theory, environmental justice, and science and technology studies. Find out more about the author at the Lund University, Sweden web site.