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Kaizen Study Tour (Day 3) May 21, 2008


KOMATSU Factory

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We inspected a wheel loader assembly line. This factory had a very large number of fragmented processes, which were the focus point before they started their kaizen. Thanks to their kaizen activities they were able to completely modularize their manufacturing and due to the implementation of a kit cart they could optimize the balance of their processes as well.

Thanks to the above, by putting KPC's kaizen activities into effect within the factory, the manufacturing was put in to order, the mountain of inventory was reduced, the few operators were able to work smoothly and the whole factory was able to flow, moving silently with JIT.


See here for more details about the KPC Kaizen Study Tour in Japan

Written by Kuniyoshi Takahashi: Production Scheduling Case Book

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