Unfamilar with mistakeproofing? Don’t know where to start? This page is designed to reduce information overload by recommending a starting place for those just starting to learn about Mistake-proofing (A.K.A. poka-yoke).

This page provides Mistakeproofing information that meets the following  criteria:
   - It provides a good introductory description of mistake-proofing, and
   - It is likely to be available at a good collegiate library or it costs less than $25.

Step 1.   Start by looking at some everyday examples, then take a look at the Brief  Poka-Yoke Tutorial.   If you like those examples and want more, Check out the four examples that appear at the top of every page on this web site. (Click on any of the four pictures above.) 

Step 2. Then read any or all of the following articles:

Chase, R. B.,  and D. M. Stewart. 1994. Make your service fail-safe. Sloan Management Review  (Spring): 35-44.

Robinson, A.G. and D. M. Schroeder. 1990. The limited  role of statistical quality control in a zero defects environment. Production  and Inventory Management Journal 31(3): 60-65.

Bandyopadhyay, J. K. 1993. Poka yokay systems to ensure zero defect quality manufacturing. International Journal of Management 10 (1): 29-33.

Step 3.  If reading the articles make you want to invest money in more  information, try one of the following books:

Mistake-proofing:  Designing errors out. Chase, R.B., and D. M. Stewart. 1995. Morrisville, NC: www.lulu.com.

Mistake-Proofing for Operators: The ZQC System.  The Productivity Press Development Team. 1997.  Portland, Oregon: Productivity Press.

Modern Approaches to Manufacturing Improvement: The Shingo System. Robinson, A.G. (Ed.) 1991. Portland, Oregon: Productivity Press.

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