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L E A N M A N U F A C T U R I N G
W h a t i s K a i z e n ?
改 善
M O N A R C H M E T A L . C O M
In Japanese, kaizen means 'change for good.'
In Japanese, kaizen means 'change for good.'
改 善
Zen
Change
Kai
Good
In lean manufacturing, kaizen represents
Continuous Improvement.
As a process, kaizen functions on the
philosophy that there is always room for
improvement.
Typically, kaizen calls for a ‘one team, one dream’
kind of attitude.
The goal is to have all employees actively engaged in
achieving incremental improvements over time.
Many companies hold kaizen events to identify areas where
business and production can improve.
Kaizen events last 3 to 5 days and are
typically characterized by:
Kaizen events last 3 to 5 days and are
typically characterized by:
Sharp focus on specific processes
Focus on improving su...
While these events take employees away from their
work duties, they often foster a culture of
improvement and collaboratio...
To host these events,
kaizen team members are
appointed from within the
company with a kaizen expert
leading the way.
The team works diligently to:
Identify opportunity &
eliminate waste
Determine how to fix issues
Implement solutions
Standard kaizen teams are cross-departmental
and often chosen by the rule of thirds.
Standard kaizen teams are cross-departmental
and often chosen by the rule of thirds.
From within the area or
process targe...
Standard kaizen teams are cross-departmental
and often chosen by the rule of thirds.
From within the area or
process targe...
Standard kaizen teams are cross-departmental
and often chosen by the rule of thirds.
From within the area or
process targe...
Having ‘outsiders’ on the team forces topic
experts to simplify explanations and thought
processes so a lay person can eas...
This helps the team brainstorm new ideas as
well as identify how to simplify something that
might be over-complicating pro...
There are many benefits of adopting kaizen principles.
Here are just a few you can look forward to:
Production efficiency
...
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Lean Manufacturing: What is Kaizen?

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Kaizen is used throughout the manufacturing industry to improve production and workflow. Not sure what kaizen is? Here's a breakdown of how it works.

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Lean Manufacturing: What is Kaizen?

  1. 1. L E A N M A N U F A C T U R I N G W h a t i s K a i z e n ? 改 善 M O N A R C H M E T A L . C O M
  2. 2. In Japanese, kaizen means 'change for good.'
  3. 3. In Japanese, kaizen means 'change for good.' 改 善 Zen Change Kai Good
  4. 4. In lean manufacturing, kaizen represents Continuous Improvement.
  5. 5. As a process, kaizen functions on the philosophy that there is always room for improvement.
  6. 6. Typically, kaizen calls for a ‘one team, one dream’ kind of attitude.
  7. 7. The goal is to have all employees actively engaged in achieving incremental improvements over time.
  8. 8. Many companies hold kaizen events to identify areas where business and production can improve.
  9. 9. Kaizen events last 3 to 5 days and are typically characterized by:
  10. 10. Kaizen events last 3 to 5 days and are typically characterized by: Sharp focus on specific processes Focus on improving supplier- customer relationship & production flow Short bursts of intense activity that add value & eliminate waste
  11. 11. While these events take employees away from their work duties, they often foster a culture of improvement and collaboration that’s good for business.
  12. 12. To host these events, kaizen team members are appointed from within the company with a kaizen expert leading the way.
  13. 13. The team works diligently to: Identify opportunity & eliminate waste Determine how to fix issues Implement solutions
  14. 14. Standard kaizen teams are cross-departmental and often chosen by the rule of thirds.
  15. 15. Standard kaizen teams are cross-departmental and often chosen by the rule of thirds. From within the area or process targeted for kaizen 1/3rd
  16. 16. Standard kaizen teams are cross-departmental and often chosen by the rule of thirds. From within the area or process targeted for kaizen 1/3rd From upstream and downstream processes 1/3rd
  17. 17. Standard kaizen teams are cross-departmental and often chosen by the rule of thirds. From within the area or process targeted for kaizen 1/3rd From upstream and downstream processes 1/3rd From areas outside of the targeted process 1/3rd
  18. 18. Having ‘outsiders’ on the team forces topic experts to simplify explanations and thought processes so a lay person can easily understand.
  19. 19. This helps the team brainstorm new ideas as well as identify how to simplify something that might be over-complicating production. Think!
  20. 20. There are many benefits of adopting kaizen principles. Here are just a few you can look forward to: Production efficiency Less waste, more output Better customer service Employee participation & satisfaction Improved workplace safety
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