kaizan


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kaizan

a Japanese term meaning ‘continuous improvement’. Based on the ‘philosophy’ that QUALITY begins with the customer and that it is always possible to improve a product and a process. As customer requirements are always changing and because product standards are continually improving then the perception is that to stay in the market continual improvement is a necessary requirement for an organization. There are a number of guiding principals underpinning kaizan: these include, eliminating the task (in a similar way to BUSINESS PROCESS RE-ENGINEERING), reducing or changing activities and questioning the rules. Kaizan can be considered to be a part of LEAN MANUFACTURING. See JAPANIZATION, QUALITY COUNCIL, QUALITY CIRCLE, JUST-IN-TIME (JIT) SYSTEM.
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Critical to your lean journey's success is knowing how and when to use improvement tools such as Six Sigma, value-stream mapping, standard work, Kanban systems, Kaizan events and others.
Gordon (2000), for example, describes Toyota's philosophy of kaizan, which involves continual, incremental product and production improvements that emanate from the plant floor.
En el primer caso encontramos aspectos como el rayo laser, la fibra optica, la robotica, el home banking, las comunicaciones via satelite; mientras que en el segundo caso encontramos la calidad total, la reingenieria, el kaizan y el bench marking para citar algunos.
Post-Americana gigs at the Gateshead venue include Tuesday night's percussion master-class with Japanese Taiko drumming from Joji Hirota, John Kaizan Neptune (on Japanese bamboo flute) and Kenny Endo.
According to Tony Bradley, KMA's Kaizan lead person, it is not simply about making improvements until an 'acceptable' level is achieved, but continually making improvements in an organized fashion over a relatively long time period.
Sir, - I would like to congratulate Keith Chadwick of Radshape Sheet Metals in Aston for rediscovering traditional British quality disciplines via O & M, which the Japanese call Kaizan (Post, January 23).
The revival of interest in job rotation came with the interest in Japanese management practices in the late 1980s, in which job rotation was a part of a set of practices that included teamwork and continuous improvement, or Kaizan.
It started in 1993 after it became clear to me that the Kaizan [a term Sudanese use to refer to the Islamacists were not leaving power in my lifetime.
Cell manufacturing and Kaizan (a Japanese concept for continuous improvement) go hand-in-hand," Kaupan says, "and have so far been used predominantly in the Southeast.
Problem is, in the corporate world, people don't yearn - except in a kaizan kind of way (a striving for perfection) - and people certainly don't fail, at least not in print.
The aim is to strive for continuous improvement, witnessed to by Kaizan groups and quality circles, for instance.
Florence's focus on progress and teamwork was bolstered by the Japanese corporate culture of kaizan, or continuous improvement.