Kaizen movement revisited! July 20, 2011Posted by shripadabhat in Uncategorized.
Tags: fespa, kaizen, pragati_press, quality, screen_printing, sgia
“We keep on looking for ‘Kaizens’ which means keep on doing small improvements in your own system and at the end of year you have much better system than the beginning of the year. Kaizen is a system of improving better and better which will keep you going. Believe me in business how much revenue you have generated is immaterial, but it is the Kaizen which will give you greater satisfaction; it has a greatest advantage; you will never retire from this good practice which will enrich your life till your last breadth. We as printers need to imbibe and practice Kaizen,” this is a para from the speech of Mr.Narendra P. – Pragati Press delivered at an industry event in Hyderabad.
I was really impressed with Kaizen because he reminded me of my involvement in Kaizen when I was working L&T’s Corporate Communication Dept in 1990s. Sorry to hear some, printers usually grumble about profitability, competition,etc. But the movement of Kaizen (which big corporates used practice) with small small improvements daily can lead to big savings, reduction in wastage. Imagine the amount of wastage/rejection in Printing presses as I have personally see in many printing units?
Every time I hear from Bhargav at DMI workshop on how a standard practice if followed (as taught/demonstrated at DMI) can bring some percentage of savings, wastage reduction. E.g. solvent vs. UV ink, or manual vs. automation, …..etc. Even he demonstrates how by using right mesh printers can save ink, how there is a difference in yellow and white mesh, nylon vs polyester mesh and why polyester yellow mesh better choice to improve quality, etc.
Of course Kaizen is not necessarily a cost cutting drive in production process, but small improvements certainly can lead to finally some great improvements.
If any screen printers all over the world are following Kaizen or make on their own small small improvements with definite results, please share your thoughts.