A huddle is an action by a team to strategize, support and motivate one another towards accomplishing or aligning objectives and goals. Huddles are typically held before an activity takes place. Huddles can be held in any area or department of an organization, they do not need specific rooms just a format to conduct the huddle. The main difference between a huddle and a meeting is both how it is conducted and the amount of time the huddle takes compared to a meeting. Huddles can be performed in under 7 minutes.
Group technology is a philosophy used in manufacturing that groups similar parts together as a part or product family. There are two major tasks in implementing group technology:
Design for six sigma is a method or approach used in designing products and processes which attempts to create and provide products and processes that adhere or comply with six sigma quality or approximately 3.4 defects per million opportunities.
The 5 core principles of a Lean Organization were first written about in a book entitled: Lean Thinking by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones. The 5 core principles are widely accepted as a means implementing and establishing a lean organization. The 5 core principles have been adapted from the 5 original principles that were defined by Dr. Womack and Daniel T. Jones:
Visual management is a way to visually communicate and manage various standards, metrics, improvements, safety requirements and expectations. All forms of visual management should be clearly displayed and understood with no explanation other than visual analysis by everyone.
Active Inventory is inventory that is to be used or sold within a defined period. Such as a specific accounting year.
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The 5S system is a visual workplace management system that promotes safety, efficiency and teamwork while making abnormalities visible.
A dedicated line is one that is configured to run, produce or supply either information or parts one piece at a time. This allows production to move from station to station at a more rapid pace and ultimately improves quality, efficiency and eliminates waste. Dedicated lines should be established only after analysis as they often times require larger investments.
Lean is a continuous improvement strategy that a company embarks on to maximize customer value and minimize waste. The term "Lean" was first used in the book The Machine That Changed the World by James Womack. A lean organization focuses on providing complete value or Value added activities to their customers. One of the ways that lean accomplishes this is through the complete and total elimination of any form of waste.
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