kaizen

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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.
It was easier to talk to them about why we should have a union and why we cannot engage in the kaizan strategies, for example.
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.
There is something bordering on religious fervour in Keith Chadwick's enthusiasm for Kaizan.
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.
Toni Doolen, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, will discuss "Assessing the Impact of Kaizan Events.
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.
He is well versed in the type of business ELGT transacts with many of its world class customers, including kaizan, lean manufacturing and kanban.
Saint-Gobain Abrasives' Arden diamond tool plant has been recognized for its Kaizan continuous improvement program and manufacturing practices by the Asheville, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
Intergraph Consulting's journey of excellence and quest for quality certification began in 1997 with the study of internationally recognized approaches to quality such as Kaizan, ISO, CMM, TQM, and Rapid Development.