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5S System – FREE Templates – 001

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A system designed to organize and standardize a workplace and consisting of five component parts: Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain. So powerful but rarely implemented to the extent possible required to actually see gains in cultural change. Simple yet effective methods work best. GET YOUR FREE – 5S Schedule and Check-Sheet Templates […]

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Waste Muri Mura Muda – 003

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When it comes to the Japanese terms Muri, Muda, and Mura, more often than not people will put Muda first, because it refers directly to the waste being avoided within the system, and although it is of vital importance, the order should be: Mura: Before we can do anything else, we must first plan and […]

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Kanban

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Kanban, which directly translates into signboard or billboard in Japanese, is a scheduling system for lean production used in businesses who promote, use, and work in a lean environment where waste is prevented in all forms. It is a development that maintains and therefore controls inventory levels; a signal tells a supplier to produce and […]

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Kaizen

Kaizen is a term used by the Japanese which directly translates into “improvement”. However, it most generally refers to the practice of continuous improvement, which provides the common idea that it is an action among many workers, from CEO to lower ranked employees, throughout a workplace whom all are directly involved in improving all functions […]

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JIT LIST of Methodologies

Sepheri provides a list of methodologies of JIT manufacturing that “are important but not exhaustive”: 1. Housekeeping – physical organization and discipline. 2. Make it right the first time – elimination of defects. 3. Setup reduction – flexible changeover approaches. 4. Lot sizes of one – the ultimate lot size and flexibility. 5. Uniform plant […]

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Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing

Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing, which is also commonly known as just-in-time production, is a part of the Toyota Production System (TPS) where it has reportedly originated. Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing reduces time waste within a business by reducing the time it may take for a supplier or a customer to gain contact and/or completion with a business. […]

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Jidoka

Jidoka, also known as Autonomation, describes a feature in a machine’s design that affects the principal of Jidoka, which is used in the Toyota Production System and in Lean Manufacturing. Autonomation might likewise be called “intelligent automation” or “automation that features a human touch.” At Toyota, if a strange circumstance emerges the machine stops and […]

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Heijunka

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Heijunka is a term in Japanese that indirectly refers to a process known as Production Leveling, or Production Smoothing. It reduces unevenness within a work space, which is known as Mura (unevenness, inconsistent), the original Japanese term. This is considered unreasonable and overburdening, which is translated into the Japanese term Muri. By leveling or smoothing […]

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Chaku Chaku

Chaku Chaku, is a Japanese word that directly translates into load-load. This is a term in used to describe a one piece flow manufacturing process. This process improves the efficiency in a business’s environment while eliminating waste. It is logically based off of line production but instead allows the employee to establish a better relationship […]

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