Continuous Improvement in Logging
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