Kanban / Kaizen / JIT Manufacturing does not Work in the USA

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Kanban / Kaizen / JIT Manufacturing does not Work in the USA
Jim Roberge
I have just completed my first exposure to Kanban / Kaizen JIT manufacturing as an assembly technician. The system does not work in the USA!
The problem is - as I see it - that when you take away structure from the employees to the point that a Production Unit Leader, also known as Production Manager, Leadman or Supervisor, has no real idea what is going on, the complete system crashes and self destructs.

Kanban Deming
The problem with you as I see it is that you judge too fast. :-)...Sign up

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Jim, without the support of the entire system it does become more difficult to implement and sustain these types of systems. We are implementing now ...Sign up

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C.L. Kappagomtula, Professor, Malaysia, Member
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