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  1. Chapter 31 Kaizan

  2. Objectives • Define Kaizen • Apply in various situations

  3. Kaizen • Kaizen is a Japanese term and implies that all employees are responsible for making continuous incremental improvements to the functions they perform. • The effect of this approach is cost effective and practical improvements that have an instant buy in from those who use them.

  4. Kaizen Blitz • A kaizen blitz describes a short term event designed to make quick and easy improvements and set the stage for the mind set required for the long term kaizen approach. • Kaizen blitz is performed by a team in a short amount of time. • The team focuses on a specific work area with the intent of making low cost improvements tat are easy to implement and are often installed during the blitz. • The team consists of people in the work area, others from similar work areas, technical support, supervisory personnel with decision making responsibilities, and outsiders who can see with fresh eyes.

  5. Kaizen Blitz • The blitz begins with some training and team building activities and quickly proceeds to the work area. • Teams may split into sub teams assigned to specific tasks. • The entire team hears reports from the sub teams and reaches a consensus on changes to be implemented. • In some cases the changes can be carried out immediately and in others a schedule for future implementation is prepared.

  6. Kaizen blitz example • Assembly line for appliance manufacturer: • The team consists of the department foreman, a group leader, three line workers, one engineer, a technician, and a worker from another assembly line. • After introductory training, communications on ground rules and expectations, and discussion on previous kaizen events, the team proceeds to the observation phase which takes about three hours. • The results are better designs for positioning of metal racks, with the stockroom responsible for making sure that the next item on the rack is the next item needed on the line.

  7. Summary • Kaizen is a Japanese term and implies that all employees are responsible for making continuous incremental improvements to the functions they perform. • A kaizen blitz describes a short term event designed to make quick and easy improvements and set the stage for the mind set required for the long term kaizen approach. • The entire team hears reports from the sub teams and reaches a consensus on changes to be implemented.

  8. Home Work • 1. What is Kaizen? • 2. What is a Kaizen blitz?