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The Elements of Kaizen Process - Lesson Summary

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TQM
TQM means total quality management. In TQM, key processes must be identified, controlled, and improved on continuously so as to enhance results.

 

JIT
The Just in Time (JIT) production system focuses on removing non-value activities of all types and ultimately making a lean production system that is robust enough to handle variations in customer orders.
 


 

TPM
Total productive maintenance is simply known as "TPM". TPM focuses on improving equipment quality as well. TPM wants to maximize equipment efficiency through a total system of preventive maintenance spanning the lifetime of the equipment.
 
Policy Deployment
Management should develop transparent targets to counsel every worker and ensure leadership for all Kaizen activities focused on the targets. Policy Deployment is a process through which management adopts Kaizen as a top-level strategy which trickles down in the organization. Everyone contributes to that policy by making small changes.
 

The Suggestion or Feedback System

The suggestion or feedback system is as an integral part of a person driven Kaizen. It focuses on the boosting morale of employees and the advantages of employee participation.
 
A Kaizen program also incorporates Small Group activities. Examples of these activities are:
 
• Informal activities• Voluntary activities• Intra-company groups
 
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