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Japanese Quality Terms

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  • Pokayoke
    Mistake proofing or error proofing.
  • Gemba
    Japanese word meaning 'real place'. It is one of the components of the 'Three Reals' meaning go to the real place (gemba) to see the real thing (gembutsu) and collect the real facts (genjitsu).
  • Hanedashi
    A hanedashi device is an automatic part ejector.
  • Hoshi Kanri
    Goals (with targets) and means for achieving it to address business priorities and to move the organization to a new level of performance.
  • Takt Time
    Tthe time which should be taken to produce a component or one vehicle.
  • Kaizen
    Series of activities whereby instances of wastes are eliminated one by one at minimal cost, by workers.