Japanese Quality Terms

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  • Kaizen
    Series of activities whereby instances of wastes are eliminated one by one at minimal cost, by workers.
  • Takt Time
    Tthe time which should be taken to produce a component or one vehicle.
  • 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).
  • Muda
    Non-value added, usually translated as waste.
  • Genchi Genbutsu
    Means go and see for yourself. Go see the problem.
  • Mura
    Inconsistency or excess variation in either processes or demand.