JIT (Just-In-Time): Production and conveyance of only what is needed, when it is needed, in the amount needed, meeting the exact demand of the customer.

Continuous Flow: Eliminating the stagnation of work between processes by producing one piece at a time.

Take Time: Is the time which should be taken to produce a product based on customer demand.

Takt Time =
Total Daily Operating Time
Total Daily Customer Requirement

Pull System: A production system where processes withdraw from proceeding processes the parts they need, when they need them, in the exact needed amount.

Jidoka: The ability of production lines to be stopped in the event of a problem such as equipment malfunctions or quality problems.

Heijunka: The leveling of the production schedule by volume and variety over a given time period.

Kaizen: The process of people making improvements to eliminate waste and improve their work.

Standardized Work: The most efficient workflow considering safety, quality, quantity and cost with the main consideration on human movement.

Stability: The dependability of 4Ms: man, machine, material, and method in daily production.

Kanban: A visual signal that is the key control tool for JIT production.

True North: “Perfection as a goal”
Customer Satisfaction

  • Zero defects
  • 100% value added
  • 1 x 1 in sequence on demand

Human Development

  • Physical and Mental Safety
  • Security
  • Professional Challenge

PDCA: The scientific method simplified; Plan, Do, Check, Act

Management System: A process for “how” to manage within a Lean environment

Gemba (Shop Floor): Where the value added work happens within an organization

OGSM: Strategic Planning process (Objectives, Goals, Strategies, Measures)

7 Forms of Waste

  • Over Production
  • Inventory
  • Waiting
  • Motion
  • Conveyance
  • Correction
  • Process