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- KaikakuRevolutionary change. Where kaizen is generally evolutionary in nature, kaikaku requires radical shifts in thinking.
- HeijunkaProduction leveling, means transforming the typical peaks and valleys of customer demand into something flatter.
- GembaJapanese 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).
- KaizenSeries of activities whereby instances of wastes are eliminated one by one at minimal cost, by workers.
- MudaNon-value added, usually translated as waste.
- Takt TimeTthe time which should be taken to produce a component or one vehicle.