japanese-management-techniques

Lean operations at Nissan Oppama factory in Yokohama Japan

Posted in application, country-japan, japanese-management-techniques on June 26th, 2010 by Frank M – Comments Off

Lean in operation at Nissan’s Oppama factory in Yokohama Japan.

Linamar kaizen restructures production flow and workforce teams

Posted in country-canada, country-japan, japanese-management-techniques, kaizen, kaizen-blitz, manufacturing-flow, manufacturing-operations, organization, production-system, teams on May 9th, 2010 by Frank M – Comments Off

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.

Linamar Products

Japan Lean Manufacturing Overview

Posted in country-japan, japanese-management-techniques, lean-manufacturing, overview on August 10th, 2008 by Frank M – Comments Off

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Changing Mindset and Culture with Kaizen in New Markets

Posted in country-india, emerging-markets, factory, globalization, japanese-management-techniques, kaizen, manufacturer on June 28th, 2008 by Frank M – Comments Off

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

Posted in factory, honda, improvement, investment, japanese-management-techniques, manufacturing-operations on May 22nd, 2008 by Frank M – Comments Off

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

Kaizen Drives Change

Posted in change, continuous-improvement, habits, japanese-management-techniques, kaizen, leadership, managing-change, practices on May 3rd, 2008 by Frank M – Comments Off

Create new habits by incorporating kaizen principles into your life. …

… “She recommends practicing a Japanese technique called kaizen, which calls for tiny, continuous improvements. ” …

Via New York Times: New Habits

Semiconductor Manufacturing Benefits from Kaizen Events

Posted in event, freescale-semiconductor, improvement, japanese-management-techniques, kaizen, manufacturing-operations, methodology, state-texas on April 7th, 2008 by Frank M – Comments Off

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

Posted in japanese-management-techniques, kaizen, kaizen-costing, shift-thinking on January 16th, 2008 by Frank M – Comments Off

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

Posted in continuous-improvement, empowerment, entrepreneur, japanese-management-techniques, kaizen, small-company, workforce on June 3rd, 2007 by Frank M – Comments Off

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

Posted in continuous-improvement, empowerment, entrepreneur, japanese-management-techniques, kaizen, small-company, workforce on June 3rd, 2007 by Frank M – Comments Off

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

Kaizen Learning, A Way of Life

Posted in culture, japanese-management-techniques, journey, kaizen, knowledge-workers, learning, life on May 24th, 2007 by Frank M – Comments Off

Want a better life? … learn (or kaizen) …

… “In the Japanese culture, continuous learning (they call it kaizen) is a key part of their lives. It’s a belief that life is a journey and that knowledge can and should increase with every step taken. ” …

Via Community Press: Lifetime Learning

Lean Training Goes On Tour

Posted in automotive, change, class, continuous-improvement, japanese-management-techniques, kaizen, lean-enterprise, lean-training, manufacturing-excellence, toyota, training, world-class on February 22nd, 2007 by Frank M – Comments Off

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

Posted in change, improvement, japanese-management-techniques, kaizen, lean-manufacturing on December 15th, 2006 by Frank M – Comments Off

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

Posted in change, improvement, japanese-management-techniques, kaizen, lean-manufacturing on December 15th, 2006 by Frank M – Comments Off

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

Lean Manufacturing: Cliff Endorses American Industry

Posted in japanese-management-techniques, lean-manufacturing, waste on November 18th, 2006 by Frank M – Comments Off

Cheers’ Cliff support American industry and their global competitiveness through lean manufacturing. …

Cliff supports lean manufacturing initiatives

… “The criteria is built around lean manufacturing, a Japanese system which calls for eliminating waste on all levels of business through constant testing, evaluating and improving. ” …

Via The Connecticut Post: Link