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  • Seiban: Japanese for assigning a number to everything in a production process. The numbers are assigned to parts, people machines and customers.
  • Sensi: Japanese for a master or teacher that assists in implementing lean practices.
  • Set Up Reduction: Reducing the amount of time a machine or a process is down during changeover from the last good piece to the first good piece of the next product.
  • SMED: Single Minute Exchange of Dies the term comes from the auto industry and refers to rapid setup or changeovers.
  • Six Sigma: A methodology and set of tools used to improve quality to than 3.4 defects per million opportunities or better.
  • Sorting: Organizing essential materials.
  • Standard Work: Specifying tasks to the best way to get the job done in the amount of time available while ensuring the job is done right the first time, every time.
  • Sweeping: Collecting nonessential goods and removing them from the work area.
  • Takt Time: Daily production number required to meet orders in hand divided into the number of working hours in the day.
  • TPM: Total Productive Maintenance Maximizing equipment effectiveness and uptime throughout the entire life of the equipment.
  • TPS: A methodology that resulted from over 50 years of Kaizen at Toyota. TPS is built on a foundation of Leveling, with the supporting pillars of Just-in-Time and Jidoka.
  • Value: A capability provided to a customer at the right time at an appropriate price, as defined by the customer.
  • Value Chain: Activities outside of your organization that add value to your final product, such as the value adding activities of your suppliers.
  • Value Stream: The process of directly observing the flows of information and materials as they now occurs, summarizing them visually, and then envisioning a future state with much better performance.
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