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Friday, March 07, 2008

Lean Manufacturing terms - Glossary

The recent article on Lean Manufacturing Terms, is interesting.
I liked the following terms
Chaku-Chaku: a Japanese word that means “load-load.” It is a method of conducting single-piece flow in which the operator proceeds from machine to machine, taking a part from the previous operation and loading it in the next machine, then taking the part just removed from that machine and loading it in the following machine. Chaku-chaku lines allow different parts of a production process to be completed by one operator, eliminating the need to move around large batches of work-in-progress inventory.

Kitting: a process in which assemblers are supplied with kits--a box of parts, fittings and tools--for each task they perform. This eliminates time-consuming trips from one parts bin, tool crib or supply center to another to get the necessary material.

Value: a capability provided to a customer at the right time at an appropriate price, as defined by the customer.

Look at VALUE - it is DEFINED BY THE CUSTOMER!!!!
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