How to Continuously Improve Your Machine Shop

By Wayne Chaneski, Courtesy of

Monthly Kaizen events could help your company improve operations in 12 ways.

There are typically two approaches companies take to improve their operations. The first is a project in which a plan is created to develop the improvement, determine the resources required and schedule its implementation. The second is a Kaizen event during which a group of employees are tasked with making narrowly focused improvements in a short duration of time. Although both approaches to continuous improvement have their benefits, companies that have employed Kaizen events have realized many “good changes” (the literal translation of the Japanese word) faster and with less effort.

Employee participation in the Kaizen event is key to its success. Employees should be assembled from different departments to bring a variety of perspectives and a better overall outcome. The more an employee participates in Kaizen events, the better…

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