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Published by Abhinav Verma
Knitwear Production Planning and Control
Knitwear Production Planning and Control

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Published by: Abhinav Verma on Jun 10, 2013
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Knitwear Production Planning
Kaizen
In Japanese language fo
"improvement
", or "
change for the better
" refers to philosophy or practices that focus upon
continuous improvement of processes
inmanufacturing, engineering, game development, and business management. It has beenapplied in healthcare, psychotherapy, life-coaching, government, banking, and other industries. When used in the business sense and applied to the workplace, kaizen refers toactivities that continually improve all functions, and involves all employees from theCEO to the assembly line workers. It also applies to processes, such as purchasing andlogistics, that cross organizational boundaries into the supply chain. By improvingstandardized activities and processes, kaizen aims to eliminate waste .In all, the process suggests a humanized approach to workers and to increasing productivity: "The idea is to nurture the company's human resources as much as it is to praise and encourage participation in kaizen activities." Successful implementationrequires "the participation of workers in the improvement." People at all levels of anorganization participate in kaizen, from the CEO down to janitorial staff, as well asexternal stakeholders when applicable. The format for kaizen can be individual,suggestion system, small group, or large group.While kaizen (at Toyota) usually delivers small improvements, the culture of continualaligned small improvements and standardization yields large results in the form of compound productivity improvement. This philosophy differs from the "command andcontrol" improvement programs of the mid-twentieth century. Kaizen methodologyincludes making changes and monitoring results, then adjusting. Large-scale pre-planningand extensive project scheduling are replaced by smaller experiments, which can berapidly adapted as new improvements are suggested.The
Toyota Production System
is known for kaizen, where all line personnel areexpected to stop their moving production line in case of any abnormality and, along withtheir supervisor, suggest an improvement to resolve the abnormality which may initiate akaizen.Oct 2011
Kaizen

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