kaizen

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Related to Kaizan: Six Sigma, Lean manufacturing

kaizen

(ki'zen?) [Japanese kaizen, improvement]
Management of inventory stock and work processes in industry, adapted to health care institutions.
Synonym: continuous performance improvement
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When management had this big drive for kaizan [a management system emphasizing worker involvement in "continuous improvement"], we explained what it was and passed on experiences from the United States and other places.
Ed Frazelle of Georgia Tech noted that the secret is an emphasis on the design and innovative application of materials handling equipment combined with the concept of kaizan, or continuous improvement.
The squad isn't lacking in leaders as Baihakki Kaizan, Daniel Bennet and Mustafic Fahrudin are still in the squad.
These views were expressed by Japanese Consul General in Karachi, Masaharu Sato, at the certificate distribution ceremony of a two-day training programme on "5s, Kaizan & Visual Management.
When referencing Asian countries for lessons learned in the manufacturing realm, it's usually with the intent of discussing positive operational methods like Kaizan, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, etc.
This applies to improving the life span of a bearing, embracing changes to a process, coming to terms with new legislation or adopting a new philosophy, be it Just-In-Time (JIT), Kaizan or SKF's own Asset Efficiency Optimisation (AEO) programme.
Shahid Naqvi visits Aston-based metal basher Radshape to learn how quality 'guru' Keith Chadwick has introduced the Japanese management system of Kaizan with amazing results.
Top-line pressures and high commodity costs mean that the ability to sustain margins in the near term will be largely dependent on operational and cost diligence -- utilizing continuous improvement processes (including kaizan and kan ban) to increase manufacturing efficiency, six-sigma programs, scrutiny of capital investments, execution on new product launches and new production processes, etc.
The retrieval team pulled out the remains of pilot John Kaizan Estabillo and Paula Bianca Robles from a cockpit window of the Cessna aircraft, which sank about 500 meters from the shoreline in the village of Sabangan.
The firm has a staff bonus scheme based on quality running alongside a kaizan (continuous improvement) bonus scheme run by team leaders among the workforce.
Leonard most recently had been a senior managing director with Kaizan Capital Corporation in San Francisco, helping to create a new broker/dealer as a platform to provide advisory and other services to financial institutions.