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Processing Waste

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Processing Waste: Effort that adds no value to the product or service from the customers’ viewpoint. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

Material Requirements Planning (MRP): A computerized system typically used to determine the quantity and timing requirements for delivery and production of items. Using MRP specifically to schedule production at processes in a value stream results in Push production, because any predetermined schedule is only an estimate of what the next process will actually need. Manufacturing […]

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Leveling

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Leveling: The process or method used to distribute work within the value stream to maximize material and information flow efficiency. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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CONWIP

Constant Work In Process. This is another way of defining FIFO. (See FIFO.) – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Theory of Constraints

Theory of Constraints: A management approach that is based on identifying system constraints, exploiting the constraints, subordinating everything else to the constraints, improving on the constraints, and then repeating the process. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Replenishment Interval

Replenishment Interval: The time interval between the receipt of replenishment orders into an inventory buffer. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Non-Repetitive Demand

Non-Repetitive Demand: Independent demand that does not require inventory buffers to meet customer service requirements. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Cycle Time

Cycle Time: How frequently an item or product is actually completed by a process, as timed by direct observation. Also, the time it takes an operator to go through all of his or her work elements before repeating them. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Charter

A document that clearly defines the focused kaizen team mission, scope of activities, risks, and deliverables (if required by management to provide additional details). – Institute of Operational Excellence

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