Lean Manufacturing Concepts and How to Use Them Part II

In a previous article, Lean Manufacturing Concepts and How to Use Them Part I, we talked about wastes, flow, and over burdening as core concepts of Lean.  For part II we are going to look at autonomation (aka jidoka) and continuous improvement (aka kaizen) and radical change/improvement (aka kaikaku). Autonomation/Jidoka Autonomation or…

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Kaizen and Kaikaku (Breakthrough Kaizen)

You may have heard of Kaizen which is incremental continuous improvement. It is a great way to make improvements consistently in any organization. The idea behind Kaizen is to just be a little better than before. Over time Kaizen can lead to significant changes. Another concept that doesn’t get talked…

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