• Vol 2, No 3 (2011)
  • Industrial Engineering

Study on Support System of Kaizen Activity for Sustainable Improvement of Global Competitiveness

Koichi Murata, Hiroshi Katayama


Publish at : 01 Jun 2011
IJtech : IJtech Vol 2, No 3 (2011)
DOI : https://doi.org/10.14716/ijtech.v2i3.71

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Murata, K., & Katayama, H. 2017. Study on Support System of Kaizen Activity for Sustainable Improvement of Global Competitiveness. International Journal of Technology. Volume 2(3), pp.215-223
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Koichi Murata Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan
Hiroshi Katayama Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan
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Abstract
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The purpose of this paper is to describe a proposed support system of Kaizen activity which contributes to improve related performance indicators in a production department. Background research consisted of the following three parts. First, a Decision Support System (DSS) provided an illustration for the proposed system; its three elements of interest include Kaizen case-base, Model-base and User-interface. The first element accumulates useful cases for developing new cases. The second element accumulates models to utilize the case-base effectively, including the Kaizen strategic model, Kaizen objective model, Kaizen data analysis model, and model building blocks and subroutines. The third element links Kaizen case-base, Model-base and Kaizen engineers. The linkages are realized by four procedures: installation of proposed support system, construction of Kaizen case-base, evaluation of the case-base, and development of new cases. The second portion of our research was a discussion of Kaizen case-base from three viewpoints: its utilization purpose, its information structure, and data types accumulated in it. Thirdly, investigation of the three primary model types mentioned above was performed and the proposed model-base was constructed. Proposed system was designed to maintain and improve Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in a manufacturing system through discussions with Kaizen experts whose factory collaborated in this research.

Decision Support System (DSS), Global manufacturing, Kaizen case-base, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Knowledge management

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