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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Andon

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Term: Andon 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 […]

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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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WIP

WIP: Stands for “work In process”. Any inventory between raw material and finished goods. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Waiting Waste

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Waiting Waste: Idle time created when waiting for anything in a manufacturing process. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping: A pencil-and-paper tool used in the following two stages: 1. To follow a product’s production path from beginning to end and draw a visual representation of every process in the material and information flows. 2. To then draw a future state map of how value should flow. The most important map is […]

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