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World Class Manufacturing is an umbrella term for a set of concepts, principles, policies and techniques for managing and operating a manufacturing company. This holistic approach to productivity, quality improvement and customer service is driven by the results achieved by the Japanese manufacturing resurgence following World War II, and adapts many of the ideas used by the Japanese in automotive, electronics and steel companies to gain a competitive edge.

World Class Manufacturing is a process-driven approach where implementations usually involve the following philosophies and techniques: Just-in-time, make-to-order, Value Stream Mapping, small lot sizes, families of parts, Total Quality Management, doing things right the first time, Hoshin Kanri, cellular manufacturing, Six Sigma, Total Productive Maintenance, quick changeover, Zero Defects, 8D Problem Solving, variability reduction, high employee involvement, Cross-Functional Teams, multi-skilled employees, visual signaling, Statistical Process Control, Quality Function Deployment, etc, etc.


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