Japanese Quality Terms

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  • Hanedashi
    A hanedashi device is an automatic part ejector.
  • Mizusumashi
    A water spider or 'mizusumashi' in Japanese is a person who has a prescribed set of tasks to keep materials in stock at the point of use in production areas.
  • Genjitsu
    Japanese word meaning 'real facts'. 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).
  • Jidoka
    Autonomation. The ability of production lines to be stopped in the event of problems.
  • 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.
  • 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).