Vision – Small Steps – Day, Week, Month

“Great companies will have strong lean vision in place with the Senior Management Vision and are working daily at getting on with doing a small number of important things consistently – day in, day out, week after week, month after month, year after year, as part of the middle management action plans. And finally the […]

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FREE Improvement Resources- Kaizen – Shigeo Shingo

“Improvement usually means doing something that we have never done before.” – Shigeo Shingo  

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Cho talks to Kaizen and TPS – Templates and Training

“Many good American companies have respect for individuals, and practice Kaizen and other TPS {Toyota Production System} tools. But what is important is having all of the elements together as a system. It must be practiced every day in a very consistent manner–not in spurts–in a concrete way on the shop floor.” – Fujio Cho, […]

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8D Problem Solving

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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

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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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5S System

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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.

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Andon

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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 […]

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