By Walt Tarpley, Vice President of Client Services, Kaizen Specialist

Kaizen is a powerful methodology that focuses on continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing. It can be quickly implemented and engages employees from all parts of the company to offer their ideas for process improvement.

Kaizen can make an impact on your manufacturing operations in the following ways:

    • Improve Visual Controls
    • Eliminate Clutter
    • Reduce/Eliminate Waste
    • Implement Standardized Work
    • Improve Material And Information Flow
    • Organize Tools And Fixtures
    • Reduce Setup And Change Over Times
    • Create Repeatable Processes
    • Reduce Floor Space
    • Improve Company Morale
    • Reduce/Eliminate Overtime
    • Train Team Members To Identify and Eliminate Waste
    • Improve Communication
    • Foster Team Environment
    • Quickly Impact The Bottom Line

Kaizen is inclusive. it involves employees from all levels of the company. Important business issues are selected for focused team problem solving efforts, then your Kaizen teams will establish best practice standards and continually improve those standards. To support creating improved standards Kaizen methods include training, materials and facilitation needed for employees to achieve the higher standards and maintain their ability to meet those standards on an ongoing basis.

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How does Kaizen benefit manufacturers?

Kaizen reduces waste in areas such as inventory, waiting times, transportation, worker motion, employee skills, over production, excess quality and processes.

Kaizen improves space utilization, product quality, use of capital, communications, production capacity and employee retention.

Kaizen provides immediate results by continually making small improvements that improve processes and reduce waste.

Our approach to Kaizen improves manufacturing production and your ROI

Manex’s Kaizen program is a phenomenal hands-on, onsite workshop to help improve your operation and production activities and often has immediate and measurable ROI.

Typically, many “Kaizen” ideas can be implemented quickly using the Plan, Do, Check, Act methodology. The PDCA process is the methodology used to drive continuous improvement in Lean. The cycle assures the continuity of Kaizen to maintain and improve standards.

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