Heijunka is a japanese term that can be translated as product smoothing or load leveling. The heijunka technique is used to assist and in many ways facilitate Just in time production. Heijunka is often used to smooth out production both internally and externally.
It can be very helpful to understand Muda and Muri when seeking to understand how to level production. Heijunka gives organizations the ability to efficiently and effectively meet customer demands without having to produce excessive batches of work. Additionally heijunka helps to keep inventories to a minimum level, lower holding costs, increase resource power and improve the overall lead time of an organization.
Example of Heijunka Board:
As you can see in the photo above heijunka helps us to understand our production sequence in terms of both volume and style of product.
Things to be aware of:
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