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Lean: Kaizen Implementation

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What is Lean: kaizen implementation?

Lean: kaizen implementation is a two- to five-day process of teaching teams of company members to identify and eliminate non-value-adding (waste) activities. Kaizen (the term means “continuous improvement”) teams are also the preferred method for implementing any of the Lean Manufacturing tools (e.g., setup reduction, 5-S/visual, kanban/pull). Teams develop lists of ideas for improvement and action plans to assure the ideas are implemented. At the conclusion of the workshop, the teams present their reports and plans to management.

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What are the benefits of Lean: kaizen implementation?

Implementation of Lean: kaizen will help

  • increase employee involvement through team participation.
  • implement improvements in quality, cost, and delivery, the three key drivers of customer satisfaction
  • obtain a faster return on investment.
  • improve process documentation, communication, and training.

What can CIRAS do for my company?

CIRAS can provide a kaizen expert to facilitate Lean: kaizen for a team of company members including both management and production workers. Teams learn Lean: kaizen concepts, identify ideas for improvement, prioritize these ideas based on team objectives, develop action plans, and implement their ideas. Most teams present their results and plans to management.

What is my next step?

Contact these staff members to see what CIRAS can do for you.

Jeff Mohr515-450-7639