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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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