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Heijunka

Heijunka aims to achieve far-reaching harmonisation in the production flow by evening out quantities so as to eliminate waiting and movement times.

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Kaizen

The Japanese term Kaizen refers to continuous improvement in small steps.

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Japanese production after 1945

How did companies succeed in manufacturing ever greater volumes of a product to increasingly high quality standards, while significantly reducing material consumption and waste?

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FIFO

The FIFO principle (First In, First Out) organises stock so that the first items to be put into storage are also the first to be taken out.

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Six Sigma

Six Sigma (6σ) is a quality management method that uses statistical elements to describe business processes.

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Lean production – introduction

The term lean production describes the approach used by Japanese carmakers that has been on everyone’s lips since the 1990s.

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Buffered vs. lean

Companies need more than just a collection of disparate activities if they are to influence all areas simultaneously.

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Just-in-time

The just-in-time (JIT) principle is an organisation and management concept that ensures materials are only produced and supplied when they are needed.

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Kanban

Kanban is a method used to manage production sequences. Stock levels are reduced because they are geared toward actual consumption.

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Push or pull principle

The two production control systems differ in terms of the direction in which the information required for production flows.

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5S

5S is a Japanese production concept that aims to keep workstations and their surrounding areas safe, clean and organised.

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Material supply

When it comes to getting materials to where they are needed, the lean concepts must be supported by versatile technical systems.

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Kaizen vs. innovation

The West relies on large-scale sporadic technological advances while lean production emphasises small continuous improvements.

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