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Mistake Proofing

Mistake Proofing

Mistake proofing is a concept that has existed longer than anyone can accurately define. Poka Yoke, the Japanese term for mistake proofing, was formally defined and systematized by Shigeo Shingo of Toyota in the 1960’s. It has become a standard for creating processes that are designed to either not be able to produce a specific defect or automatically detect and reject a specific defect. Mistake proofing has been used across industries to create efficient workspaces, but has been heavily relied upon to create safe environments. To be able to implement mistake proofing we need to understand the types of mistakes people can make and then be able to put in place countermeasures to prevent those mistakes.

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5S vs. 6S

5S vs. 6S

5S vs. 6S "It's one louder, isn't it?" When I originally wrote that headline, I thought of that wonderful scene on This is Spinal Tap where the musician was talking about how his speakers were louder than anyone else’s.  When everyone else’s had a volume knob that...

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Base Hits

Base Hits

Admission time. I'm a superficial movie fan.  In fact, the less I have to think about a plot the better. I love action-packed sci-fi.  I love it when a movie climaxes in the one gigantic battle and the hero single-handedly saves the day.  Because that's exactly what...

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Multiple Causes in Root Cause Analysis

Multiple Causes in Root Cause Analysis

“I cringe at the sound of “root cause” because “root cause” is singular. Far too often we work hard to define the problem, perform a root cause analysis, and then celebrate as we’ve done ourselves the grave disservice of identifying one single, sad, lonely, little cause.”

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