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Zhou, J. & Irani, S.A. (2000, June).  Cochran, D.S. & Tapia, C.F. (Eds.). Design of modular layouts for fabrication-based assembly facilities. Proceedings of the Third World Congress on Intelligent Manufacturing Processes & Systems, MIT (Cambridge, MA) and the International Institution for Production Engineering Research (CIRP), 62-69.

Marchwinski, C. & Irani, S.A. (2001, March). Software solves identity crises for parts from big “families”. Lean Manufacturing Advisor, 3-7.

Khaswala, Z. & Irani, S.A. (2001, September). Value network mapping: Visualization and analysis of multiple flows in value stream maps. Proceedings of the Lean Management Solutions Conference, IIE and University of Missouri-Rolla, St. Louis, MO, 47-63.

Huskonen, W. (2003, January/February). Thinking Lean at TECT Cleveland. Forging, 16-19.

Marchwinski, C. (2003, May). Understanding families is key in high-mix low-volume facility. Lean Manufacturing Advisor, 4-5.

Irani, S.A., Zhou, J. & Huang, H. (2003, November). A pattern recognition approach for manufacturing facility compaction by machining function combination using flexible manufacturing modules. Transactions of the ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 125, 740-752.

Huskonen, W. (2004, March/April). Wringing out waste. Forging, 4.

Huskonen, W. (2004, March/April). Ulven Forging succeeds with Jobshop Lean. Forging, 26-28.

Huskonen, W. (2004, March/April). Jobshop Lean workshop is a winner. Forging, 30.

Sabri, S. & Shayan, E. (2004). Lean strategies for furniture manufacturing. Proceedings of the Fifth Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Conference, 31.18.1-13.18.8.

Wang, B. (2007). The quick-start approach to JobshopLean: How to initiate the implementation of Lean in a high-mix low-volume manufacturing facility. Paper submitted for the Student Paper Competition sponsored by IIE Lean Division.

Irani, S.A. (2008, April). Starting your job shop on its “Lean Journey”. Forge Magazine, 13-16.

Irani, S.A. & Fischer, C. (2009). Recession-proof your shop the Lean Way. This report was sponsored and published by JobBOSS, a Division of Exact Software.

Heston, T. (2010, October). How a shop devoted to improvement improved. The Fabricator, 32.

Heston, T. (2010, November). Another day, another economic recovery. The Fabricator, 52-54.

Danford, M. (2010, November). From job shop chaos to Lean order. Modern Machine Shop, 60-67.

The following articles constitute a series of columns on JobshopLean that I wrote for The Fabricator (

  • Continuous improvement: No one solution fits all. The Fabricator, 2011 (February), 44-45.
  • Developing the Value Network Map. The Fabricator, 2011 (April), 37-39.
  • Analyzing products, demands, margins and routings. The Fabricator, 2011 (June), 42.
  • Analyzing product mix and volumes: Useful but insufficient. The Fabricator, 2011 (August), 36-37.
  • Minding your P’s, Q’s, R’s – and revenue too. The Fabricator, 2011 (October), 64-67.
  • PQ$ Analysis – Why revenue matters in product mix segmentation. The Fabricator, 2011 (December), 42-44.
  • Why a timeline analysis of order history matters. The Fabricator, 2012 (February), 48-49.
  • Thinking beyond Lean: 5 tips for continuous improvement. The Fabricator, 2012 (April), 46-47.

Glaser, A. (2010, May/June). A road map to robotics: JobshopLean and other methods pave the way. Practical Welding Today Online.

Meanwhile, in the real world. Industrial Engineer, (2011, April), 47-52.

Choosing what works. Industrial Engineer, (2011, August), 42-47.

The robust and reliable job shop: Going Lean requires more than the traditional tools. Gear Technology Newsletter (Voices section), (2012, June).

Adapting Lean for high-mix low-volume manufacturing facilities. Gear Technology, (2012, August), 10-12.

A quick-start approach for implementing Lean in jobshops. Gear Technology, (2012, October), 10-16.

The following articles constitute a series of columns on JobshopLean that I wrote for Gear Technology (

  • The idea factory. Gear Technology, 2013 (January/February), 26-29.
  • Strategies for assembling continuous improvement teams. Gear Technology, 2013 (March/April), 24-29.
  • The Tiger Team – Hear them roar. Gear Technology, 2013 (May), 36-42.
  • Design of a flexible and lean (FLEAN) machining cell – Part 1 (Theory). Gear Technology, 2013 (June/July), 20-26.
  • Design of a flexible and lean (FLEAN) machining cell – Part 2 (Application). Gear Technology, 2013 (August), 58-63.
  • Computer-aided Finite Capacity Scheduling of a flexible and lean (FLEAN) machining cell. Gear Technology, 2013 (October), 42-48.
  • Educating the workforce and management about FLEAN (Flexible and Lean) manufacturing cells. Gear Technology, 2013 (November/December), 82-92.

Savvy students help shipping department move. Industrial Engineer, (2013,