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Lean Methods

5 S  (sort, set-in-order, shine, standardize, sustain)

Sort:

Go through the work area, identify items that are needed and items that are not, and remove the unnecessary items.

Straighten:

Once the unnecessary items are gone, put the necessary items in the best possible place.

Shine (also known as sweep or sanitze):

Clean up the workplace and set up a regular schedule for keeping it clean.

Standardize:

Now that things are sorted, straightened, and shined, create procedures so you can be sure things stay that way.

Sustain:

Make sure everyone’s following those new standardized procedures for keeping the workplace sorted, straightened, and shined.


Kaizen 

Kaizen is known as "change for better"   Kaizen (Continuous Improvement) creates a culture where employees throughout the organization are actively engaged with improving productivity. We would love to come in your organization and help you explore the benefits of Kaizen, thus creating a more Lean environment.


Kaizen Events (normally lasts a week)


The primary ideas behind kaizen are:

  • A continual process of improvement
  • Making small improvement after small improvement, with great total effects over time
  • Empowering workers to make changes and/or suggest changes in their work areas

3 Types of Events

Teaian kaizen - Individual Versus Teamed
Teian Kaizen refers to individual employees uncovering improvement opportunities in the course of their day-to-day activities and making suggestions.  It does not include making the change itself, but simply the suggestion for the change. This is the only part of the Kaizen culture to focus on the individual instead of a team. Even so, it does not advocate personal action to improve a process, but suggestions by individuals which will then be assessed by a team.


Quality Circles - Day-to-Day Versus Special Event

An example of a day-to-day Kaizen approach is Quality Circles. Here, a natural work team (people working together in the same area, operating the same work process) uses its observations about the work process to identify opportunities for improvement. During any day or perhaps at the end of the week, the team meets and selects a problem from an earlier shift to correct. They analyze its sources, generate ideas for how to eliminate it, and make the improvement. This continuous improvement of the work process is made in the context of regular worker meetings.


Special events: Kaizen Blitz technique - Large-Scale Vs. Small-Scale Improvement

Traditional Kaizen is, by definition, long term, a gradual incremental change results in small improvements throughout the organization. A Kaizen Blitz or Kaizen Event (or as it should be called, Kaikaku) is fast and furious: it rapidly implement workcells, improves setups or streamlines processes. These methods plan ahead and then execute a process improvement over a period of days.



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