Japanese Lean Manufacturing Terms

We often have people ask us about various Japanese terms that are used in lean manufacturing.  Since lean production was simply a term used to describe the Toyota Production System back in the 1980’s, Japanese words are used to describe certain principles and concepts.  We’ve created a cartoon video that talks about some of the Japanese Lean terms such as kaizen, kanban, heijunka, muda, mura, muri, andon, poka yoke, and others.


Interactive Lean Training Plus Kanban Video

We want to make our readers aware of a unique lean learning opportunity, our 3-day blended-learning lean manufacturing certification program.  This Lean Manufacturing certification program will equip participants with targeted technical and facilitation/team leadership competencies in lean manufacturing and kaizen.  The program includes 3 days of interactive, instructor-led training plus self-paced online training as well.  Participants will learn how to apply each of the principles and tools of lean including Value Stream Mapping, Continuous Flow Manufacturing Cells, Lean Production Control, Level Pull Production, kanban and pull systems, 5S, quick changeover, TPM, problem solving methods, and kaizen events. Certification requires the completion of a lean manufacturing project to reinforce the learning and achieve real results.  This program will take place at the Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island in San Diego, CA on July 17-19, 2012.  For more information on this program, please visit: Lean Certification Training.  For those of you that prefer a fully instructor-led Lean Manufacturing Certification program, we continue to offer this option as well in Southern California.

If you are a follower of this blog or a subscriber to our lean newsletter, you know that we like to use animated videos (cartoons) in addition to articles to help explain lean and continuous improvement concepts.   Since pull systems is one of the topics we cover in detail in our certification programs, we thought it might be useful (for those that are unfamiliar with these concepts) to view one of our most popular animated videos on the subject.  Enjoy!

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