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Gemba Walk is a powerful application and a powerful tool that allows for a continuous improvement process.
All of your data is saved and secured in the Cloud using the latest technology allowing you and your team to obtain precise and adapted statistics and insight from your workers and team leader in real time at all times on a daily basis.
Easy and efficient data collection in a paperless environment usable at any level of management
Generate exhaustive reports Work online or offline Capture and annotate photos with every relevant information (date-time) about the issue and have a better visibility on issues
Better identification of people and processes and direct observation of the work happening.
Gemba is English for Genba, a Japanese word meaning “the actual place”. In terms of lean manufacturing and lean management, Gemba is the action of walking the workplace, usually the factory floor, and using a standardized checklist to take notes destined to improve work processes and find other opportunities for improvement. It is a fact-based technique that relies on observation instead of report analytics to increase productivity and safety.
Doing Gemba Walks on the manufacturing floor in the manufacturing industry is a great way to encourage employee and team involvement and create respect between managers and workers.
It also gives you operational control over your daily operations, manufacturing operations and manufacturing processes.
Lean Six Sigma is an integrated managerial concept combining Lean and Six Sigma. Lean traditionally focuses on reducing the eight types of waste (“muda”) and Six Sigma focuses on identifying and removing the causes for defects (“errors”) and minimizing variability in processes. It’s a key part of Gemba Walk.
Lean Six Sigma uses DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) similar to that of Six Sigma. The five phases used by Lean Six Sigma aim to find the root causes of inefficiencies and then work with any process, products, or services that have a lot of data or measurable characteristics.
There are different levels for certifications, which are broken down into belt colors (white, yellow, green and black). A black belt signifies a deep understanding of Lean Six Sigma principles Below the black belt there are the green and yellow belts. Each of these belts has a set of skills that describes which of the overall Lean six sigma tools are expected to be used at a particular belt level.
The skillsets reflect elements from Six Sigma and Lean, as well as other process improvement methods like Theory of Constraints and Total Productive Maintenance. To achieve any of the certification level, a proctored test must be passed that asks about Lean Six Sigma and its applications. This is, in essence, the application of the Gemba Walk.
Waste (muda) as defined by the former chairman of Toyota, Fujio Cho, is “anything other than the minimum amount of equipment, materials, parts, space, and workers time, which are absolutely essential to add value to the product”.
Downtime is a mnemonic for different types of waste and offers a schematic for Gemba Walk:
Gemba walk is the result of the collective efforts of a group of experts from different fields in order to offer you a complete solution that exceeds your expectations.
A formidable combination in the achievement of objectives.