Word of the Month
Understanding Lean one word at a time…
Monthly micro-learning lessons focused on the Lean lexicon. Have fun as we guide you through the nomenclature;
bringing you insights into the nuances of this proven discipline.
With its origins in Toyoda Loom Works Co., Jidoka, or “intelligent autonomation,” is a 4-step process enabling machines and workers to immediately halt work once problems are detected. It goes beyond firefighting to uncover the root cause of problems and develop countermeasures to prevent them from reoccurring.
5S is more than housekeeping. It’s the foundation of a visual management system and a successful Operational Excellence initiative that promotes improved and sustained communication, efficiently, and safety. Learn what the 5S’s can do for your organization in this month’s WOM.
Equipment breakdowns, defects, waste, and accidents are not inevitable. They can be drastically reduced or eliminated by implementing a team-based, data-driven process involving all employees, with a common goal of maximizing production through optimizing equipment reliability and effectiveness.
Making operations flow in manufacturing and administrative operations is key to consistently and continuously meeting customer demand. In this month’s Word of the Month we look at the seamless linking of people, material, and information and some of the tools of flow.
The quickest, most effective way to add value to the customer is to streamline processes that eliminate silos and use visual management to foster communication, collaboration, decision making, project management, teamwork, and problem-solving. Where does all this activity take place? In the Obeya.
Mistakes are a part of the human condition. We all make them. The key is not to let them turn into defects that get into the hands of the customer. That’s where Poka-Yoke comes in - a funny sounding word that means "mistake-proofing." Learn more about Poka-Yoke and how it can provide 100% source inspection to any step of any process.