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Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)A structured approach to determining the seriousness of potential failures and for identifying the sources of each potential failure.
Feeder BufferThe time buffer that is placed on the end of non-critical chains that feed into the critical chain. Sometimes referred to as Critical Chain Feeder Buffer (CCFB).
Feeder LinesA series of special assembly lines that allow assemblers to perform preassembly tasks off the main production line.
First In First Out (FIFO)Processing orders in a pure sequential flow.
Flexible Manufacturing SystemAn integrated manufacturing capability to produce small numbers of a great variety of items at low unit cost; an FMS is also characterised by low changeover time and rapid response time.
FlowA main objective of the lean production effort, and one of the important concepts that passed directly from Henry Ford to Toyota. Ford recognised that, ideally, production should flow continuously all the way from raw material to the customer and envisioned realising that ideal through a production system that acted as one long conveyor.
Flow ChartA problem solving tool that maps out the steps in a process visually. The flow (or lack thereof) becomes evident and the wastes and redundancies are identified.
Flow ProductionA way of doing things in small quantities in sequential steps, rather than in large batches, lots or mass processing.
FukinseiFukinsei (asymmetry) is a goal to convey the symmetrical harmony and beauty of nature through clearly asymmetrical and incomplete renderings; the effect is that the viewer supplies the missing symmetry and thus participates in the act of creation. The final episode of hit series The Sopranos had no ending … the audience was left to construct their own. The hatchback design of the popular Nissan Cube is asymmetrical.
Functional LayoutThe practice of grouping machines or activities by type of operation performed.
Future Reality Tree (FRT)The TOC Thinking Process diagram that describes how the the agreed direction for a solution unavoidable through solid logic leads to the desired results or benefits.
Future State MapThe vision of a future optimal process, which forms the basis of your implementation plan by helping to design how the process should operate.

 

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