Are you looking for a best way to improve your own business cycle time, reduce unnecessary waste and minimize the customer response time? Do you need to maximize your own business operational efficiencies in order to save amount of money and available resources? Then it is the right time to engage in lean Kaikaku for your organization. Lean was known as a methodology that helps eliminate the categories of any waste in order to maximize the business efficiency.

Kaikaku is a Japanese word, which means “radical change” in English. Kaikaku is a business concept that is concerned of making a fundamental, as well as radical change to the system of production, unlike Kaizen that has a focus only on incremental minor change. However, both Kaikaku and Kaizen can be applied to the activities other than the production. These Japanese philosophy have relation with each other, which known to have origin and part of the lean management of Toyota Production System.

In-depth Idea about Kaikaku

Kaikaku means a radical change at limited time during the production system. On the other hand, Kaizen is known as a continuous minor change in a certain area of a production system, which often comes with a primary goal to solve any problems that relate to the team. Kaizen is a philosophy based on all employees’ involvement, as well as individual activities, which is generally reaching an improvement of less than 20 percent. The cross between the Kaikaku and the Kaizen is called Kaizen Blitz or Kaizen Events that implies radical improvement to a limited area like in the product ion cell during the intense week.

Kaikaku simply means that a whole business is radically changed, which normally always in a form if a project. It is often initiated by the management for such changes and the result will impact to the business significantly. Kaikaku is regards to introduce new idea, new method, new approach, new techniques for production and new equipment to be used. Kaikaku can be initiated when the management had seen that the ongoing Kaizen work starts to stagnate and is no longer giving an adequate outcome related to efforts.

The Kaikaku Project Types

Kaikaku projects are often resulting to the improvement to the range of 30 to 50 percent and the new base level of the continued Kaizen. In addition, Kaikaku may be call as System Kaizen. The projects for Kaikaku can be manifested in four different types:

  • Radically Innovative – a capital intensive

Example: The introduction of innovative production technology

  • Radically Innovative – an operation close

Example: The introduction of innovative solutions, which is new to the industry

  • Locally Innovative – a capital intensive

Example: The installation of robot automation to a certain factory is generally not new to the industry, but can be new to a certain company. The decision is grounded strategically and can be higher in costing.

  • Locally Innovative – an operation close

Example: The introduction of a conventional method TPM or Six Stigma may be new to a certain company. The direct costing is relatively small.

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— Slimane Zouggari