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The Seven Guidelines to Poka- Yoke Attainment

1.)  Quality Processes – Design “Robust” quality processes to achieve zero defects. 2.)  Utilize a Team Environment- leverage the teams knowledge, experience to        enhance the improvement efforts. 3.)  Elimination of Errors -Utilize a robust problem solving methodology to drive defects towards zero. 4.)  Eliminate the “Root Cause” of The Errors-Use the 5 Why’s and 2 […]

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Study Guide – Toyota Way Fieldbook – VSM

Starting the Journey of Waste Reduction Part 3 Chapter 3 – VALUE STREAM MAPPING APPROACH By Swati Jadhav Recently I had a chance to read the book called The Toyota Way Fieldbook, by J. Liker and it changed my viewpoint towards Lean methodology. I used the guidelines provided by the book for the Value stream […]

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What is your “Why”? Tell Your Story!

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The Goals of the Lean Enterprise Your organization can apply lean methods and techniques to your product-production and business processes to deliver better value to your customers. A lean initiative has four man goals: Goal #1: Improve quality. Quality is the ability of your products or services to conform to your customers’ wants and needs […]

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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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