Japanese Quality Management Terms – Flash Cards
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- MizusumashiA 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.
- JidokaAutonomation. The ability of production lines to be stopped in the event of problems.
- KaizenSeries of activities whereby instances of wastes are eliminated one by one at minimal cost, by workers.
- MuriIt means unreasonableness or overexertion.
- KaikakuRevolutionary change. Where kaizen is generally evolutionary in nature, kaikaku requires radical shifts in thinking.
- PokayokeMistake proofing or error proofing.
- MuraInconsistency or excess variation in either processes or demand.
- MudaNon-value added, usually translated as waste.
- Hoshi KanriGoals (with targets) and means for achieving it to address business priorities and to move the organization to a new level of performance.
- HanseiHansei is a Japanese term that loosely translates to self-reflection.
- Genchi GenbutsuMeans go and see for yourself. Go see the problem.
- HanedashiA hanedashi device is an automatic part ejector.
- AndonA type of visual control that displays the current state of work (i.e., abnormal conditions, work instructions, and job progress information).
- HeijunkaProduction leveling, means transforming the typical peaks and valleys of customer demand into something flatter.
- GembaJapanese 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).
- GenjitsuJapanese 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 TimeTthe time which should be taken to produce a component or one vehicle.
- GembutsuJapanese 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).