Seeking Japanese Philiosophy

Everyone is aware of the major inroads the Japanese have made and are continuing in world markets. Some of the elements of the Japanese philosophy include:

  1. Worker Flexibility. Rather than being specialized, workers are trained to do many different tasks, making for a flexible process and reduced WIP.
  2. Jidoka-Quality at the Source. If a bad unit is made, it is not set aside. The entire process is stopped, and everyone looks to find the problem. This again reduces WIP and does not allow continued production of bad goods.
  3. Just-in-Time Production. An item is produced exactly when it is needed. This works best for repetitive manufacturing, so all processes are designed to be repetitive manufacturing. Kanban control systems were developed for this situation.
  4. Uniform Plant Loading. Confusion and shock waves from changing things are avoided by having exactly the same thing made every day. One way to do this is to establish a standard mix of products to be made every day.
  5. My Consultancy–Asif J. Mir – Management Consultant–transforms organizations where people have the freedom to be creative, a place that brings out the best in everybody–an open, fair place where people have a sense that what they do matters. For details please contact Asif J. Mir.
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