Lean leader Akinori Hyodo delivered a commemorative seminar to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the founding of the Business Efficiency Association in Latvia on 7th April 2021, on the topic of how the lean leader motivates employees to sustain the lean journey.
Based in Tokyo for most of his career, Ian has a unique inside understanding of the application of the Japanese approach to hospitality, known as omotenashi, and how this can benefit companies and elevate their customer service capabilities to the next level.
Cecilia applies kaizen and Japanese design philosophies to declutter and improve the home, workplace, shared spaces and daily life. Cecilia’s workshops and consulting bring freshness and enthusiasm to the world of lean management, as she translates concepts from the Toyota Production System into highly do-able, memorable ways to improve daily life.
Why do some companies succeed with lean? Why do others fail? We explore these questions whilst considering the role that the lean consultant has in guiding companies on their lean journey.
Kubota Corporation is a manufacturer of tractors and heavy equipment. Kubota deployed work measurement software OTRS10 to increase the speed of their process analysis and kaizen improvement activities. Through video-based analysis using work measurement software, Kubota was also able to effectively transfer skills and know-how from retiring veteran workers.
Japanese global logistics services company Nippon Express has a Global Logistics Solution Department that consults on issues relating to operational productivity improvement. The department implemented time and motion study software OTRS10 to increase productivity relating to picking operations within distribution warehouses.
Rejoice Company is a provider of outsourcing services for medical and healthcare institutions, including cleaning and facility management services. Kaizen software OTRS10 was chosen by Rejoice Company to support improvements in cleaning service quality, and to enable the company to rapidly create and deploy standard work video manuals.
Toyota Boshoku utilised OTRS time study software with a focus on achieving work standardization to support their lean manufacturing journey. Through utilizing video-based work optimization software, the company removed variation in work and increased productivity by approximately 25%. Toyota Boshoku has since expanded its use of OTRS to include the majority of its plants internationally.
Yachiyo Industry, an automobile parts manufacturer, used OTRS10 to support value stream mapping activities. Video time study analysis allowed them to address issues with manual data collection, efficiency and accuracy. Through application of OTRS10, Yachiyo reduced the time required to complete video-based time studies by 90%.
Japanese construction giant Takenaka Corporation applied OTRS to perform process analysis to identify and eliminate waste within the various processes involved in civil construction. Video-based process analysis software allowed staff to analyze site operations at their office.