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Japanese Quality Terms

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  • Kaikaku
    Revolutionary change. Where kaizen is generally evolutionary in nature, kaikaku requires radical shifts in thinking.
  • Heijunka
    Production leveling, means transforming the typical peaks and valleys of customer demand into something flatter.
  • 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).
  • Kaizen
    Series of activities whereby instances of wastes are eliminated one by one at minimal cost, by workers.
  • Muda
    Non-value added, usually translated as waste.
  • Takt Time
    Tthe time which should be taken to produce a component or one vehicle.