A rapid improvement event, also known as "kaizen," is a Lean manufacturing technique known for bringing about quick results. The traditional method, however, falls short in cases of limited visibility into production—a challenge particularly for process manufacturers monitoring multiple enclosed tanks, pipes and ongoing flows at a fast pace.
Analytics-infused kaizens shed light on problems previously difficult to detect. Kaizen leaders can request precise, statistically relevant data, enabling them to go beyond hunches to pinpoint root causes and design powerful solutions aligned with high performance.
With the economic recovery slower than expected, shareholders increasingly demanding cost reduction and higher revenue, plus high debt levels, lean manufacturing has attracted renewed interest. However, many manufacturers lack either the time or expertise to implement the proven Six Sigma methodology. In order to produce results quickly, many manufacturers prefer to start with kaizen, long associated with generating incremental improvements very quickly.