Mistake-Proofing/Quality at Origin
In traditional manufacturing environments, quality inspections occur at initial receipt of raw materials and then with a sampling of finished products. Although the checkpoints monitor output quality of each area, they occur too late to eliminate waste or correct for errors which result in unnecessary costs. In Lean manufacturing environments, inspection (and product rework) is accommodated at any point in a product's life – as it is being produced – and is the responsibility of each worker at his workstation. Quality is built in and it is an integral part of the product cycle, no longer considered as an external policy standard or requirement. Mistake-proofing is another important in-process technique that is accomplished by monitoring for and making permanent changes to equipment, operations and procedures.
Suitable for: Factory and production managers, industrial engineers and quality personnel