Achieving the goal of lean is more than just minimizing waste. This article will explore one of the seven wastes, overproduction or excess inventory, and how to avoid it.
It’s important for companies to avoid over production because it leads to a number of other problems such as additional storage costs and higher inventory cost.
Muda is a Japanese word that means “waste.” There are seven wastes in manufacturing and production. These wastes include: waiting time, transportation, inventory, motion or transportation of the product itself, processing time for the product (e.g., cutting lumber), inspection of products after they have been processed (e.g., checking to make sure all nuts and bolts are tight), re-work (i.e., fixing mistakes).
The term Gemba is translated from the Japanese word for “the real place,” and it refers to a business’s manufacturing floor or shopfront. In lean management, managers are encouraged to visit their Gembas often in order to identify problems that arise on the ground level of production, such as wait times, bottlenecks and quality issues. The practice of visiting your Gemba has been shown to save companies money by making it easier for them to identify potential areas of improvement before they become major problems. With just one visit per week, you can see if there is anything you need to be doing differently when it comes time for your next planned visit.
1. Gemba is a Japanese word that means “the ground”
2. It’s where the work is going on, or in other words, the place where people do their jobs every day
3. The gemba is an important part of lean manufacturing because it allows managers to see how employees are doing and what they can improve about their work process
4. One way to think about gemba is as a type of quality control – if you don’t go there often enough then your management will be less accurate and more likely to make mistakes when assessing performance
5. Management needs to show up at the gemba daily so they can get a broader understanding of what’s happening in order to make better decisions for improvement opportunities and strategic planning
Gemba means “in the place of work”. It’s used in Lean manufacturing and management to describe where real problems are.
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