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Japanese Quality Terms

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  • Gembutsu
    Japanese word meaning 'real thing'. 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).
  • Muri
    It means unreasonableness or overexertion.
  • Takt Time
    Tthe time which should be taken to produce a component or one vehicle.
  • 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).
  • Jidoka
    Autonomation. The ability of production lines to be stopped in the event of problems.
  • Hansei
    Hansei is a Japanese term that loosely translates to self-reflection.
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