Continuous Improvement in Logging

134 pages

Steven Bick & Jeffrey G. Benjamin


This book is dedicated in memory of longtime Northern Logger Editor Eric A. Johnson.


This short book describes the widely used continuous improvement theory and process and how it relates to logging.   Continuous improvement, also knows as the Theory of Constraints, simplifies complicated processes and demonstrates how incremental progress is made by overcoming bottlenecks.  System bottlenecks specific to logging are explored and described.  Throughout, accounting is adapted to logging with straightforward calculations that show financial results for individual harvesting jobs.   Productivity is related to financial well being of a logging business.  Harvesting machine and system productivity tables are presented.


Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Continuous Improvement

A successful theory is applied to logging


Chapter 2: Financial Measurements

Throughput accounting simplifies measurement of success


Chapter 3: Bottlenecks in Logging

Manage, overcome and exploit bottlenecks on the road to improvement


Chapter 4: Logging Productivity

Productivity as a ratio of output to effort


Chapter 5: Start improving

A roadmap to implement change


Appendix A: Harvesting System Productivity Tables

Productivity tables for various harvesting equipment and systems.


Appendix B: Additional Resources

Links to useful free publications