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The 3M Lean Tool: Toyota’s Short Lean Mantra

3M Lean Tool in a Nutshell The 3M method of TPS (Toyota Production System) is called so because of the three Japanese words used by Toyota to describe 3 unwanted types of elements from their production floor. These are… Muda: Means “Waste” and, as we already saw this is the different types of wastes, several …

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5S Lean Tool: Simplicity at its best

5S Lean Tool Explained 5S in Lean 5S is actually a lean tool that originated in Japan’s highly organized manufacturing plants where it was seen that if each production stage follows the 5S principle the production will be much faster and less prone to stoppages and wastes. The term “5S” comes from five Japanese words: …

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Kaizen : Another effective Lean Tool

Kaizen The word “Kaizen”, also like many of its lean counterparts has its roots in Japanese. It’s a compound word made up from “Kai” (Change) and “Zen” (Perfection/Improvement). Kaizen was also a part of the TPS (Toyota Production System), wherein traditionally a Toyota team at a manufacturing plant would temporarily halt its production in case …

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How is Lean different from Six Sigma ?

  Now, let’s talk about six sigma…, Six Sigma was term coined by Motorola for their group of Project-Management and statistical techniques used to create processes with very low defect count such as 3.4 DPMO (Defects per million opportunities) for a six sigma process. Among Early adopters of Six Sigma were organizations like GE and …

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