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Flexibility with U-Shaped Cells at Matsushita Electric Works

Matsushita Electric Works’ Sr. Managing Director, Mr. Yukinobu Nishida, explains how his organization discovered that automation was not the ultimate solution to improve production and profits. Instead, kaizen and JIT proved to be the best choices in addressing new, more demanding lead times as they integrated employees into perfect production systems.

  • 0:16 – Introduction to Matsushita Electric Works
  • 1:00 – An operational overview
  • 2:17 – How they dealt with more demanding lead times and resistance to change
  • 3:35 – The benefits of continuous improvement

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  2. Gemba Kaizen JIT Pays 03:43
  3. One Piece Flow at Wiremold 08:35
  4. 5S at Yasda Precision Tools 02:30
  5. Kaizen at Giorgio Foods 11:14
  6. Flexibility with U-Shaped Cells at Matsushita Electric Works 04:27
  7. Changing Hearts and Minds with Kaizen 04:12
  8. Value-Added Work and the 7 Types of Waste 05:29
  9. The Muda of Overproduction 01:31
  10. The Muda of Waiting 01:17
  11. The Muda of Transportation 02:04
  12. The Muda of Processing 01:13
  13. The Muda of Inventory 02:48
  14. The Muda of Motion 01:21
  15. The Muda of Producing Rejects 02:33
  16. Converting from a Conveyor Line to a U-Shaped Cell at Yoshitake Inc. 08:03
  17. Going to the Gemba to See the Waste 03:03
  18. Push Production vs. Pull Production 03:03
  19. One Piece Flow And Multi-process Handling 13:57
  20. Leveling Production 02:14
  21. Setup Reduction Kaizen 02:38
  22. Standard Work 04:04
  23. Part Supply and Kanban 04:49
  24. JIT Pays: 5s 05:11
  25. JIT Pays: Visual Management 02:20
  26. What Does Kaizen Mean to You? 01:12