Linamar kaizen restructures production flow and workforce teams

Linamar embraces kaizen techniques to position the company for future growth and success.  …

…   “Linamar also began retooling some its management practices. The company followed the lead of Toyota and embraced Kaizen, the Japanese practice of incrementally improving a manufacturing system through suggestions from employees at all levels of the organization.

Changes such as reorganizing workers into teams, and restructuring the flow of production … ”   …

via Business Review, Canada: Linamar Corp.

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Changing Mindset and Culture with Kaizen in New Markets

As Japanese manufacturers expand into emerging markets, they meet challenges in transitioning their methodologies, culture, and workforce mindset into the new location. …

… “The hardest part will be teaching the mindset and culture of kaizen, said Shouhei Kimura, a former factory manager who now heads Nissan’s operations in India. Still, in recent months, the big Japanese automakers have announced a slew of new factories in the Middle East, South Asia and Latin America. ” …

Via Star-News: Emerging Markets

Honda Manufacturing Methods Upgraded

Honda plans new hybrid car for 2009 and will revamp manufacturing facilities with new methods. …

… “At its mid-year news conference, Honda also outlined plans to introduce new manufacturing methods at several Japanese factories to boost efficiency and lower costs. Honda said it plans to invest about 158 billion yen to make the improvements at two domestic factories, one for engines and the other for cars. ” …

Via Yahoo! News: Honda hybrid

Semiconductor Manufacturing Benefits from Kaizen Events

Semiconductor manufacturer uses kaizen methods to sustain its improvement efforts and keep its facility capable of serving the industry needs at a competitive cost. …

… “Small groups of workers and managers have spent a week or more in meetings – coming up with dozens of small steps that lead to productivity improvements. The kaizen events are modeled after methods that Japanese companies have used for decades to make their manufacturing operations the world standard for efficiency. ” …

Via Austin Statesman: Aging fab

Kaizen Costing

Indian manufacturers look to learn from Japanese management techniques, including creative approaches to cost management. …

… “The shift has been from standard costing to kaizen costing (that is, continuous standard costing), and target costing (that is, longer term’s budgetary control, meaning two or four years during the design stage). ” …

Via Hindu News: Cost Competitive Roadmap

Small Continuous Change, Entrepreneurs Toolbox

Entrepreneurs can sustain business success by enrolling the workforce in many, small improvements, using the kaizen style of management. …

… “Shortly after World War II, Japanese companies created a management concept called Kaizen. The concept of Kaizen is to make small continuous changes and it includes everyone from the CEO to the janitors. ” …

Via USA Today: Entrepreneur Advice on Business Success

Small Continuous Change, Entrepreneurs Toolbox

Entrepreneurs can sustain business success by enrolling the workforce in many, small improvements, using the kaizen style of management. …

… “Shortly after World War II, Japanese companies created a management concept called Kaizen. The concept of Kaizen is to make small continuous changes and it includes everyone from the CEO to the janitors. ” …

Via USA Today: Entrepreneur Advice on Business Success

Lean Training Goes On Tour

Lean culture differentiates Japanese from US companies.

… “Instead of paying people to retire, a likely Japanese alternative would be to put people on kaizen (continuous improvement) teams, capitalizing on their experience and problem solving potential instead of paying them to stay at home. … World Class Manufacturing is not a short-term concept. Justifying the hard work and application of resources to the improvement process is difficult if the focus is on quarterly reports. A fundamentally change in the way success is measured must be adopted if our economy is to remain viable and sustainable. ” …

Toyota Continues their March Past US Automakers: Lean Enterprise Training Announces Six City Tour Kicks off in Oregon …

Kaizen: Deming Philosophy

Modern Postcard has the mindset for success, incorporating lean thinking into its methods for continuous improvement. …

… “Hoffman also subscribes to W. Edwards Deming‘s philosophy of statistical process control, as well as to kaizen, the Japanese term for change for the better or improvement used in lean-manufacturing circles. ” …

Via Graphic Arts Monthly: Kaizen: Deming Philosophy: Picture Perfect

Kaizen: Deming Philosophy

Modern Postcard has the mindset for success, incorporating lean thinking into its methods for continuous improvement. …

… “Hoffman also subscribes to W. Edwards Deming‘s philosophy of statistical process control, as well as to kaizen, the Japanese term for change for the better or improvement used in lean-manufacturing circles. ” …

Via Graphic Arts Monthly: Kaizen: Deming Philosophy: Picture Perfect