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SanitisingThe act of cleaning the work area.
SeibanA Japanese management practice taken from the Japanese words “sei”, which means manufacturing, and “ban”, which means number. A Seiban number is assigned to all parts, materials, and purchase orders associated with a particular customer job, or with a project, or anything else. This enables a manufacturer to track everything related with a particular product, project, or customer.
SeijakuSeijaku (quietude) is a principle that emphasises the fundamental Zen theme of emptiness, which implies an inexhaustible spirit. It is in states of active calm, tranquility, solitude, and quietude that we find the very essence of creative energy. Silent pauses in music, dance and theatre, blank spaces in paintings, the use of negative space in graphic design all illustrate the power of seijaku.
SenseiAn outside master or teacher that assists in implementing lean practices.
Sequential ChangeoverWhen changeover times are within Takt time, changeovers can be performed one after another in a flow line. Sequential changeover assures that the lost time for each process in the line is minimised to one Takt beat.
Set Up ReductionReducing the amount of time a machine or a process is down during changeover from the last good piece to the first good piece of the next product.
Seven WastesTaiichi Ohno’s original catalog of the wastes commonly found in physical production. These are overproduction ahead of demand, waiting for the next processing stop, unnecessary transport of materials, overprocessing of parts due to poor tool and product design, inventories more than the absolute minimum, unnecessary movement by employees during the course of their work, and production of defective parts.
Shipping BufferThe time buffer that is placed before the customer to protect them from disruptions.
ShibumiWith roots in the Zen aesthetic ideals of art, architecture and gardening, it has no direct translation in English but has come to denote those things that display in paradox and all at once the very best of everything and nothing: elegant simplicity, effortless effectiveness, understated excellence, beautiful imperfection.
ShizenShizen (naturalness) is a principle that seeks to achieve a balance between at once being of nature, yet distinct from it — to be viewed as being without pretense, without artifice, not forced, yet to be revealed as intentional rather than accidental or haphazard. For example, high-traffic intersections in Holland have been artfully redesigned to be void of traffic controls, resulting in naturally self-organising order, fewer accidents and better vehicle flow.
ShojinkaContinually optimising the number of workers in a work centre to meet the type and volume of demand imposed on the work centre.
ShusaThe leader of the team whose job is to design and engineer a new product and it into production.
SiftingScreening through unnecessary materials and simplifying the work environment.
Simulation3D technique used to balance the line.
Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED)A series of techniques designed for changeovers of production machinery in less than ten minutes.
Single Piece FlowA process in which products proceed, one complete product at a time, through various operations in design, order-taking and production without interruptions, backflows or scrap.
Six Sigma (6 Sigma)A methodology and set of tools used to improve quality to than 3.4 defects per million or better.
SOP (Standard Operating Procedure)A written document or instruction detailling all steps and activities of a process or procedure. An SOP provides employees with a reference to common business practices, activities or tasks. New employees use an SOP to answer questions without having to interrupt supervisors to ask how an operation is performed. The international quality standard ISO 9001 essentially requires the determination of processes (documented as SOPs) used in any manufacturing process that could affect the quality of the product. (Source Wikipedia)
SortingOrganising essential materials.
Standard WorkSpecifying tasks to the best way to get the job done in the amount of time available while ensuring the job is done right the first time, every time.
Standard Work Combination Sheet (SWCS)A document detailing the sequence of production steps assigned to a single worker performing Standard Work.
Standard Work Sheet (SWS)Shows the work sequence, Takt time, standard working process, and layout of the cell or workstation.
Statistical FluctuationsInformation that cannot be precisely predicted.
Strategic PlanningDeveloping short and long-term competitive strategies using tools such as SWOT Analysis to assess the current situation, develop missions and goals, and create an implementation plan.
Student SyndromeOne of the common behaviours in a project that lead to tasks being later than they need be.
Sub-OptimisationA condition where gains made in one activity are offset by losses in another activity or activities, created by the same actions creating gains in the first activity.
Sunk CostAny expenditure that has already taken place and can not be undone.
SupermarketA tool of the pull system that helps signal demand for the product. In a supermarket, a fixed amount of raw material, work in process, or finished material is kept as a buffer to schedule variability or an incapable process.
SustainingThe continuation of sifting, sweeping, sorting and sanitising.
SweepingCollecting nonessential goods and removing them from the work area.
SynchronisationThe bringing together of materials information and anything else needed in a coordinated manner such that no part is waiting long for another.

 

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