Japanese Quality Management Terms – Flash Cards

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  • Mizusumashi
    A water spider or 'mizusumashi' in Japanese is a person who has a prescribed set of tasks to keep materials in stock at the point of use in production areas.
  • Jidoka
    Autonomation. The ability of production lines to be stopped in the event of problems.
  • Kaizen
    Series of activities whereby instances of wastes are eliminated one by one at minimal cost, by workers.
  • Muri
    It means unreasonableness or overexertion.
  • Kaikaku
    Revolutionary change. Where kaizen is generally evolutionary in nature, kaikaku requires radical shifts in thinking.
  • Pokayoke
    Mistake proofing or error proofing.
  • Mura
    Inconsistency or excess variation in either processes or demand.
  • Muda
    Non-value added, usually translated as waste.
  • Hoshi Kanri
    Goals (with targets) and means for achieving it to address business priorities and to move the organization to a new level of performance.
  • Hansei
    Hansei is a Japanese term that loosely translates to self-reflection.
  • Genchi Genbutsu
    Means go and see for yourself. Go see the problem.
  • Hanedashi
    A hanedashi device is an automatic part ejector.
  • Andon
    A type of visual control that displays the current state of work (i.e., abnormal conditions, work instructions, and job progress information).
  • Heijunka
    Production leveling, means transforming the typical peaks and valleys of customer demand into something flatter.
  • Gemba
    Japanese word meaning 'real place'. It is one of the components of the 'Three Reals' meaning go to the real place (gemba) to see the real thing (gembutsu) and collect the real facts (genjitsu).
  • Genjitsu
    Japanese word meaning 'real facts'. It is one of the components of the 'Three Reals' meaning go to the real place (gemba) to see the real thing (gembutsu) and collect the real facts (genjitsu).
  • Takt Time
    Tthe time which should be taken to produce a component or one vehicle.
  • Gembutsu
    Japanese word meaning 'real thing'. It is one of the components of the 'Three Reals' meaning go to the real place (gemba) to see the real thing (gembutsu) and collect the real facts (genjitsu).

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