Zero Defects

Zero Defects

Zero Defects was first introduced by American businessman Philip Crosby in his “14 Step Quality Improvement Process”. Since then, a number of manufacturing organizations have employed it to tackle and improve quality issues. Zero defects is referred to as a[…]

Yokoten

Yokoten

Yokoten is a Japanese term roughly translated to “across every,” also referred to as “best practice sharing,” and is the practice consisting of replicating effective kaizen practices laterally from one area to another. It is important to note Yokoten is […]

World Class Manufacturing

World Class Manufacturing

World Class Manufacturing is a set of concepts, policies, techniques, and principles for operating and managing a manufacturing company. The concept of World Class Manufacturing is based on the positive results achieved by Japanese Manufacturing companies after World War II.[…]

Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping

At the nucleus of Lean thinking is the focus on creating great value for customers while eliminating waste in the process. The stream of activities within an organization that creates this value for customers is often referred to as the[…]

Toyota Production System

Toyota Production System

The Toyota Production System (TPS) is a manufacturing model that has changed the way production works around the world. TPS originated in Japan at the Toyota Motor Company in the first half of the twentieth century. TPS has become widely[…]

Total Quality Management (TQM)

Total Quality Management (TQM)

Total Quality Management (abbreviated as TQM) is a Lean manufacturing management concept similar to Six Sigma. The fundamental basis of TQM is to reduce production or service errors, increase customer satisfaction, streamline supply chain management, and ensure equipment is current[…]

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

In Lean, maintenance should be proactive. Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a method for maintaining equipment so that problems like breakdowns and slow-running machines don’t interfere with productivity. A key part of TPM is that it involves equipment operators in[…]

Takt Time

Takt Time

Takt time borrows from the Japanese word takutotaimu, which in turn is a term derived originally from the German Taktzeit, which translates literally to “cycle time.” Less literally, it refers to the baton used by an orchestra’s conductor to signal[…]