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Continuous Flow

In my earlier post about Takt Time, I discussed the need to account for downtime on a production line. This downtime could be related to lunch, breaks, 5S cleaning, or any other reason an employee might not be at their workstation. In most U.S. manufacturing facilities, the typical amount of time allotted for this downtime […] Read More

What Is Kaizen?

What is Kaizen? The word Kaizen is an American term derived from the meaning of two Japanese words; Kai, meaning “change”, and Zen, meaning “Good”. Combined, the word Kaizen generally means “Change for the better”. Kaizen is used most often to describe a process of quick change or improvement in an organization through utilization of […] Read More