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An Introduction to Lean Work Design by Matthias Thürer, Lawrence D. Fredendall

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CHAPTER 2

Total Productive Maintenance Through Visible Control

The first industrial revolution liberated human beings and domestic animals from burdensome physical labor. … countries around the world are facing a second industrial revolution, one goal of which is to free human beings from monotonous and repetitive manual work …

This second industrial revolution … was … triggered by severe competition, primarily among Japanese manufacturers producing small pocket calculators. The subsequent explosion of the demand for semi-conductors resulted in the rapid progress of relevant technologies and the spread of microelectronic consumer goods …

This same trend makes it possible for manufacturers to apply micro-electronic technologies, such as sophisticated ...

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