The miracle of Kaizen

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Japanese concept referring to continuous improvement Kaizen in kanji Kaizen is a concept referring to business activities that continuously improve all functions and involve all employees from the CEO to the assembly line workers. (en.wikipedia.org)

By improving standardized programmes and processes, kaizen aims to eliminate waste ( lean manufacturing ). Kaizen was first practiced in Japanese businesses after World War II , influenced in part by American business and quality-management teachers, and most notably as part of The Toyota Way . It has since spread throughout the world and has been applied to environments outside business and productivity. (en.wikipedia.org)

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The Japanese word kaizen means “change for better”, without inherent meaning of either “continuous” or “philosophy” in Japanese dictionaries and in everyday use. The word refers to any improvement, one-time or continuous, large or small, in the same sense as the English word “ improvement However, given the common practice in Japan of labeling industrial or business improvement techniques with the word “kaizen”, particularly the practices spearheaded by Toyota, the word “kaizen” in English is typically applied to measures for implementing continuous improvement , especially those with a “Japanese philosophy”. The discussion below focuses on such interpretations of the word, as frequently used in the context of modern management discussions. Two kaizen approaches have been distinguished: (en.wikipedia.org)

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In some cases, it is also possible that the positive effects of point kaizen in one area can reduce or eliminate benefits of point kaizen in some other area. An example of point kaizen could be a shop inspection by a supervisor and he finds broken materials or other small issues, and then asks the owner of the shop to perform a quick kaizen ( ) to rectify those issues. (en.wikipedia.org)

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Over 30 years ago, Masaaki Imai sat down to pen the groundbreaking book ‘KAIZEN™: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success’ (McGraw Hill). Through this book, the term KAIZEN™ was introduced in the western world. Today KAIZEN™ is recognized worldwide as an important pillar of an organization’s long-term competitive strategy. Since introducing this term as a systematic approach for business improvement, companies that implement KAIZEN™ have continually yielded superior results. (kaizen.com)

There are 5 Fundamental KAIZEN™ Principles that are embedded in every KAIZEN™ tool and in every KAIZEN™ behavior. The 5 principles are: Know your Customer, Let it Flow, Go to Gemba, Empower People and Be Transparent. The implementation of those 5 principles in any organization is fundamentally important for a successful Continuous Improvement culture and to mark a turning point in the progression of quality, productivity, and labor-management relations. (kaizen.com)

As an action plan, Kaizen is about organizing events focused on improving specific areas within the company. These events involve teams of employees at all levels, with an especially strong emphasis on involving plant floor employees (leanproduction.com)

Because Kaizen is more a philosophy than a specific tool, its approach is found in many different process improvement methods ranging from Total Quality Management (TQM), to the use of employee suggestion boxes. Under kaizen, all employees are responsible for identifying the gaps and inefficiencies and everyone, at every level in the organization, suggests where improvement can take place. (mindtools.com)

In order to achieve Kaizen, you need to adopt the practice of self-criticism. In Japanese, that practice is known as “Hansei.” This means that you need to hold yourself accountable and find a room for improvement even if everything is going according to plan. (kanbanize.com)

These incremental changes add up to substantial changes over the longer term, without having to go through any radical innovation. (mindtools.com)

Also known as the Toyota Production System (TPS), for the company that popularized the strategy, JIT helps companies cut costs because manufacturers do not have to pay inventory carrying costs . (investopedia.com)

These approaches initiate Kaizen and usually deliver small improvements during the process as well as at the end of it. (kanbanize.com)

At Toyota, it is usually a local improvement within a workstation or local area and involves a small group in improving their own work environment and productivity. (en.wikipedia.org)

It involves making the work environment more efficient and effective by creating a team atmosphere, improving everyday procedures, ensuring employee engagement , and making a job more fulfilling, less tiring, and safer. (investopedia.com)

He went further and identified the 5 levels of implementation for each of these 20 focus areas. 4 of the focus areas are called Foundation Keys. (en.wikipedia.org)

In support of high quality investigation and in our commitment to scientific integrity, UAB based the R2T-Kaizen course upon the review of articles focusing on common errors and fallacies in scientific research as well as the (4) focus areas of R2T: scientific premise, authentication of chemical and biologic resources, consideration of sex and other biologic variables in study design and statistical rigor. (uab.edu)

At Toyota, it is usually a local improvement within a workstation or local area and involves a small group in improving their own work environment and productivity. (en.wikipedia.org)

Students learn how introductory Lean tools foster a waste-free, customer-centric work environment. (us.kaizen.com)

It involves making the work environment more efficient and effective by creating a team atmosphere, improving everyday procedures, ensuring employee engagement , and making a job more fulfilling, less tiring, and safer. (investopedia.com)

Implementation The Toyota Production System is known for kaizen, where all line personnel are expected to stop their moving production line in case of any abnormality and, along with their supervisor, suggest an improvement to resolve the abnormality which may initiate a kaizen. (en.wikipedia.org)

Within its production system, Toyota encourages and empowers all employees to identify areas of potential improvement and create viable solutions. (investopedia.com)

Toyota’s overall system of techniques for production management is called the Toyota Production System (TPS). (kanbanize.com)

Toyota’s overall system of techniques for production management is called the Toyota Production System (TPS). (kanbanize.com)

The Economic and Scientific Section (ESS) group was also tasked with improving Japanese management skills and Edgar McVoy was instrumental in bringing Lowell Mellen to Japan to properly install the Training Within Industry (TWI) programs in 1951. (en.wikipedia.org)

These incremental changes add up to substantial changes over the longer term, without having to go through any radical innovation. (mindtools.com)

The implementation of those 5 principles in any organization is fundamentally important for a successful Continuous Improvement culture and to mark a turning point in the progression of quality, productivity, and labor-management relations. (kaizen.com)

However, incremental improvements were difficult to support due to travel from Japan to the US. (leansixsigmadefinition.com)

On October 18, 1989, JUSE awarded the Deming Prize to Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL), based in the US, for its exceptional accomplishments in process and quality-control management, making it the first company outside Japan to win the Deming Prize. (en.wikipedia.org)

Edwards Deming, who argued that quality control should be put more directly in the hands of line workers. (searcherp.techtarget.com)

According to the 20 Keys, these foundation keys should be launched ahead of the others in order to form a strong constitution in the company. (en.wikipedia.org)

Kaizen acquires MDM Compliance Systems as disclosure service — Asset Servicing Times (assetservicingtimes.com)

Summary:

  • The two services will allow client firms to ensure they are compliant with reporting quality and control requirements.
  • The service, which expands on Kaizen’s existing offering, will be renamed as Shareholding Disclosure Service.

Why blended machines meet Six Sigma and Kaizen standards better than batching machines — MultiBriefs Exclusive (exclusive.multibriefs.com)

Summary:

  • Due to this, it opens up a lot of space to optimize the manufacturing process, conserve time, and human resources.
  • They also allow a quicker fluid species change and are more flexible when it comes to producing smaller volumes of liquid products.
  • Furthermore, fast species change and smaller volume production opens up new possibilities for scheduling and increased production.
  • No matter how committed you are to manufacturing one product, you’ll switch between products on the fly if the situation requires, which would be impossible without blended machines.

3 reasons to take a Kaizen approach to optimizing your business — Bankless Times (banklesstimes.com)

A common good practice is the knowledge sharing between team members and the encouragement of the development of each. In fact, this is also the leadership style that the Kaizen cycle implies. Instead of being satisfied with reaching your own peak, make sure you help others reach you at the top. (kanbanize.com)

What Will Kaizen Give You?

An important part of Kaizen culture is that it is perceived as a mindset, a way of life. You will not only improve your process but improve yourselves.

A common good practice is the knowledge sharing between team members and the encouragement of the development of each. In fact, this is also the leadership style that the Kaizen cycle implies. Instead of being satisfied with reaching your own peak, make sure you help others reach you at the top.

Having said that, let’s now look at some of the most remarkable benefits of having an established Kaizen culture.

Source: (kanbanize.com)

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