Visual Controls

Visual Controls: Simple signals that provide an immediate understanding of a situation or condition, They are efficient, self-regulating, and worker managed. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Total Product Cycle Time

Total Product Cycle Time: The total individual processing time of a particular process or for the product throughout the value stream. Total product cycle time would ideally be equal to total value-added time. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Safety Stock

Safety Stock: Extra buffer inventory to cover fluctuations in customer demand within the replenishment lead-time. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Operating Expense

Operating Expense: The total amount of money spent to convert inventory into throughput. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Kanban

Kanban: A signaling device that gives instruction for production or conveyance of items in a Pull System. Can also be used to perform Kaizen by reducing the number of Kanban in circulation, which highlights line problems. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Just-in-Time (JIT)

Just-in-Time (JIT): Producing or conveying only the items that are needed by the next process when they are needed and in the quantity needed. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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8D Problem Solving – Still Holds True! – GET YOUR FREE FORMS

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The eight-step Ford methodology for problem solving. D0: Plan—Plan for solving the problem and determine the prerequisites. D1: Use a team—Establish a team of people with product/process knowledge. D2: Define and describe the problem—Specify the problem by identifying in quantifiable terms the who, what, where, when, why, how, and how many (5W2H) for the problem. […]

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Taiichi Ohno Quote – So True! – FREE A3 TEMPLATE

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“Why not make the work easier and more interesting so that people do not have to sweat?  The Toyota style is not to create results by working hard. It is a system that says there is no limit to people’s creativity.  People don’t go to Toyota to ‘work’ they go there to ‘think’” – Taiichi Ohno

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Andon Systems – FREE TEMPLATES & TRAINING!

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Andon is a Japanese term related to manufacturing that refers to a system that notifies management, maintenance, and other employees of a quality, quantity, or process problem within a process. The signboard that shows this problem is located centrally, and signals using lights that indicate the specific workstation that has the problem and requires attention in order […]

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