Bericht zur erfolgreichen Implementierung von Kaizen

Dieses japanische Symbol

"es besser zu machen"
oder auch
"Verbesserung in kleinen Schritten" 

Auf deutsch auch KVP Kontinuierlicher Verbesserungsprozess genant.
Kaizen ist ein wesentlicher Bestandteil vom TPS

Some times the Kaizen activities are also called:
 “Blitz”, “5 Days and1 Night”, “Kaizen Blitz”, “Blitz Kaizen”, “(Value) Stream Kaizen”,
“System Kaizen”, or “Breakthrough Kaizen”.
In different literature about Toyota the term “Quality Circle” is also used.

Typical improvements achieved by a single Kaizen are: (Wiley, 1999, p.3,7)

Typical improvements achieved by a single Kaizen are:
Setup time reduction 70-90%
Productivity improvement 20-60%
Process time reduction 40-80%
Inventory reduction 30-70%
Walking distance reduction 40-90%
The typical budgets for these projects are 300-400$ plus labor.

(Wiley, 1999, p.3,7)




Purpose - continues improvement of quality, service
   and process
Occurs because - it is systemic within the organization
Operates by - incremental steps
Addresses - existing products
- existing systems and work processes
Achieves - consolidation in existing markets
- competitive advantage by product/service
   improvement or by cost reduction
Requires - attention to detail
- problem solving
- cross-functionality
- gaining consensus

Source: Kaizen strategies for successful organizational change

History of Kaizen

Since the definition of Kaizen is quite broad, there are several different

thoughts about the history of Kaizen. The most common version is that

it resulted from the competition between Nissan and Toyota.

The fact that Nissan won the Deming Price for quality in 1961 drove

Toyota even more aggressive in its approach to lean manufacturing.

Toyota therefore vowed that it, too, would win the Deming price. In

order to overcome certain quality issues Shigeo Shingo elaborated a

poke-yoke system. Based on the experience gathered during the

elaboration Tetsuichi Asaka and Kaomi Ishakawa developed the Toyota

Quality Circles in 1962. These Quality Circles were later called the first

real Kaizen event. In the same year Masaaki Imai founded the Kaizen

Institute, which promoted the Kaizen approach through the world.

Other theories about the origin of Kaizen are described in the paragraph

“Impact of cultural differences Japan, US, Europe” (Mika, 2000, p.5 )