January 21, 2014
Are your New Years Resolutions already forgotten? This year, simply focus on Kaizen.
A Japanese term meaning “good change”, kaizen is one key concepts of Lean Manufacturing. The basic premise is that there is always room for improvement, even in the most routine or trivial task. The result? savings!
We use these methods in our production line, as well as other areas of our business, but they apply to almost anything. I catch myself thinking Lean while doing the dishes - who wouldn’t want to save time there, right?
By taking extra time to reflect on every step of the process, we’ve saved time and money in our production line. Problems, such as missing parts or a defective seam, are opportunities to learn, and are actually seen as a good thing. We’re more worried when there are no problems, because it means that we’re just not seeing them.