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can be defined as a continuous, incremental improvement in an activity in order
to create more value with less MUDA (i.e. waste) by using continuous flow small
lot production. Small "cells" of workers are responsible for all phases of
By evaluating every element of a company's value stream activity, Kaizen seeks
to continually improve product development, order staking, and production
activities in order to produce steady results along the path to "perfection".
As a result, any activity flows better, and pulls more smoothly.
Kaizen activities, workers inspect their own work,
develop multiple skills, and participate in periodic job design. Also, the
development of simple operator assist mechanisms can reduce levels of worker
stress and fatigue.
In Kaizen, efforts to improve the process should never stop, or become a steady
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